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MONDAY, 25 JANUARY, 2021 

PLANT BROKER VERSUS NURSERYMAN



WHO DOES AND DOES NOT GROW THEIR OWN PLANTS
HOW TO TELL IF A NURSERY PRODUCES ITS OWN PLANTS

There's a little secret among people who sell plants.  That secret is that some nurseries don't "grow plants" but merely buy someone else's plants and re-sell them.  Unfortunately, they are often brokering plants grown elsewhere, often in more tropical areas, and that these plants won't do as well as locally grown plants.  Why would this be a secret?  Because they want to appear that all the plants were grown by them whereas the opposite is true.  Most gardeners have found that locally grown plants are definitely superior.

How do you tell who is who?  How do you know if a "nursery" is growing their own plant material or just brokering?  It's quite simple.  Look inside the nursery for evidence of germination.  Look for small plants in addition to large ones.  Look for plants of the same species in many sizes.  If you see none of these things, perhaps just one size of a given plant, you're almost guaranteed that that person is just selling other nursery's material. Examples would be large companies and chains.  But, even small nurseries do this as well.  I'd estimate that fewer than 10% of all nurseries actually grow plants from seedlngs or younger plants on to larger plants.  This is important because growers are the most familiar with the species they grow and how they'll do for you.

Yes, on occasion Jungle Music does bring in plants from other sources.  But, it's most often young seedlings when we do.  And we then grow them up for many years to the large palms your know us for.  I've found that we can't germinate everything.  Sometimes we can't get seeds or run out of a given species.  So, occasionally we need some help.  We'll seek out several species we need.  We usually get small seedlings and grow them into larger plants.  With this said, 95% of our plant material we've grown ourselves.  Just looking at the our nursery, you realize this.  We've got a quarter million plants in about ten different container sizes.

We feel it's best that you buy from a nursery that really knows their plants.  The pictures below show you some of the two miles of tables we put our plants on.  You'll see plants of all sizes - from new seedlings to 5g, 15g and larger plants.  You'll spot instantly that we are a grower, not a plant broker.  

I thought you'd like to know this. 
On any plant we sell, we can tell you what it wants in your area, the chances you can grow it well and its cultural requirements.

 
seedlings jungle music Street 1 CYCADS AND PALMS
table jungle music table jungle music table jungle music
cyphophoenix nucele  Bsimarckia nobilis  Howea forsteriana 
cycads table jungle music Seedlings
seedling table jungle music table jungle music
small cycads street jungle music  jungle music
seedlings seedlings CYCAD TABLE
Encephalartos longifolius  Encephalartos whitelockii  Encephalartos kisambo 
Roystonea regia  howea forsteriana  Chambeyronia 

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
NATIVE TO MOROCCO
THE SEMI-DWARF "BLUE MED FAN"



FULL HOT SUN - EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
SUPER OLD 15G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS

This interesting palm is a suckering blue fan palm is native to Morocco.  It's actually quite amazing that it took a long time for taxonomists to realize that it was a species and had it's own unique characteristics.  It's definitely a deep blue color but also it never gets as large as Chamaereops humilus.  The problem was that there were also native short clones of the later.  Chamaerops cerifera is one of the most cold hardy species for those of you in super cold areas.  I've had reports of it going down to 13 degrees F.  Mature height is about six feet or so.  Color is blue in hot sun.  This species does sucker.  The plants on special here are nice 15g plants.  They'd be difficult to ship and for mail order customers, consider the 5g size.  As seen, they are suckering out with a nice sized primary trunk.  We do sell boxed plants if needed on special order. 
 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE 5G $165

Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  Can be shipped or delivered.   The last photo is by TS at RPS.

Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera TS RPs Chamaerops cerifera

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM WITH CROWN SHAFT

 

FROM ROUL ISLAND

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


Rhopalostylis  cheesemanii is from Roul Island as opposed to Norfolk Island, the home of R. baueri.  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.  In fact, opposed to R. baueri, it has been known to do quite well in full sun right along the coast.  It is a medium sized pinnate palm with a mature height of 25 to 30 feet and crown shafted.  The trunk is about 8 inches thick or a bit more.

 

Although you can't see it below, it has a a dark petiole.  Be aware that many people feel this should be considered a sub-variety of Rhopalostylis baueri.  Some have reported that the crown shaft can take on a purple color.  We are putting very nice 15 gallon plants on sale

 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
SALE PRICE 15 GALLON $180

 

The 8th photo is c/o cloudforest.com website.

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii cloudforest.com website  Rhopalostylis cheesemanii  

 

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA


TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to northeastern Australia.  It has previously been referred to as the Cape River Livistona.  Formal description was first done by John Dowe in 1998 - followed by other revisions.  It gets to heights above thirty feet with a trunk diameter of 10 to 18 inches.  In habitat it tolerates hot and arid conditions.  It is a full sun species with cold hardiness to at least the low 20's F.  We're putting our 15 gallon sized plants on special.  These are large for mail order but it can be done.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount.  The first habitat photo is c/o Darrel Oconnor Palmpedia and the second by John Dowe c/o Palm Specialist Group

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA LIVISTONA LANGINOSA LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
LIVISTONA LANGINOSA Livistona langinosa Livistona langinosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Darrel Oconnor PalmPedia LIVISTONA LANUGINOSA

 

DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
NATIVE TO PEMBA ISLAND

TAKES FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY 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 rather thin.  The two plants shown here are going to be the suckering variety.  Along our coast it will take full sun but I'd recommend filtered or morning light inland.  The plants on special are in 5g size and on sale.  They are not huge so we’re giving a good discount.  We may have both larger and smaller size.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65 

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers are available.

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Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana Dypsis pembana by AB

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

FLUFFY LEAVES – SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TOLERATES SUN ALONG TH COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL STRONG ONE GALLON PLANTS

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 good sized one gallon plants on sale.  As you can see, they are very tall for their pots.  We also have 5 and 15 gallon plants available.  We prefer, when possible, to plant several in one pot on this species.  We think as a larger plant they look nicer and more full looking. 

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
MORE RARE SPECIES OF THIS GENUS

GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

Of the Shaving Brush Palm family, this is the hardest one to find.  And, many think it's the prettiest and most desirable species.  Some consider it to be a variety of 
R. baueri.  We like to consider it a species.  Native to Raoul Island, an island well off the eastern side of New Zealand, this species has a medium sized trunk and reaches a height of twenty five feet.  The crown shaft is gorgeous but not as swollen as R. sapida.  I have some customers who report the crown shaft being a purple color.  On younger plants, the leaf stems are red colored as shown here.  Cold tolerance is the low 20's F.  It will take coastal sun or consider morning sun or strong filtered light inland.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL $40 FOR A BAND

Just mention this Blog special for this discount.  In the second row below I've shown a 5g nursery plant.  We also have 15g size.  The band size is shown in the first three photos below.

 

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII
Rhopalostylis cheesemanii Rhopalostylis cheesemanii RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM


ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

To get an overhead canopy of leaves may take one about ten years.  Mature, they get to a height of 20 feet or more.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground. 

We’re putting a very shippable 5g size on special.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember to mention this Special at the time or purchase.

Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei

 

CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS
BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

 

ARCHING GREEN LEAVES, CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species is from New Caledonia in the northern part of the island of New Caledonia.  It gets to a height of 20 to 25 feet in many years and has a green to silver, slightly swollen crown shaft.  The trunk is thin, about 4 to 6 inches thick.  The leaves are about six feet long and arch at their ends.  Cyphophoenix nucele has stiffer, upright leaves compared to this species.  Another important difference between these two is that the leaves of C. elegans are keeled whereas the leaves of nucele are more flat. This species can take full sun right on the coast but most give it part day sun, especially in inland areas.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid-twenties F.  We’re putting 5g plants on special.  Of note, this is a very rare species and hard to find for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES


NEVER OVER ABOUT 3 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE 


For those of you who like small cycads, this one should be one of your favorites.  Native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, this species has largely a subterranean stem with an above the soil caudex rarely over six to eight inches in diameter.  Leaves are up to three feet long, often plumose.  This is a full sun species with a cold tolerance down to about 22 degrees F.  These are a difficult cycad to find.  They are slow growing.  The one gallon plants here are 4 years old and holding 4 to 5 leaves.  Caudex size is over one inch.  I have very limited numbers for sale.  The first six photos below show the one gallons on special.  The 7th photo is a 15g at the nursery.  The 8th photo, by Renier Smit (PACSOA), shows a plant in habitat.   

REGULAR PRICE 1 G SIZE $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE $80


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  These would be simple to mail order


Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer
Encephalartos caffer Encephalartos caffer by Renier Smit, PACSOA Encephalartos caffer

 

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 last row of photos shows a larger nursery specimen and two garden plants.

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

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus band
Encephalartos trispinosus ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

 

TLLANDSIA MALLEMONTII
SPECIES WITH VIOLET BLUE FLOWERS
CLUSTERS IN BLOSSOM RIGHT NOW



A TYPE OF AIR PLANT - JUST IN
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE CLUSTERS

As I've mentioned before, I'm not a Tillandsia expert.  But, I could not pass when a private collector offered me several clumps of a blue-gray Tillandsia mallemontii in full blossom.  The blossoms are a violet-blue (photos make them appear a bit pink - which they are not).    I was told by the collector that the blossom every summer with lots of flowers.  The clumps are composed of ten to fifteen plants.  They'd like sun or part sun and to be watered at least weekly.  They can be mounted to a tree limb, post or a fence.  I've never had or seen this variety before.  These would be easy to mail order.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS $50

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Tillandsia clusters with small blue flowers - recurvata or neglecta Tillandsia clusters with small blue flowers - recurvata or neglecta Tillandsia clusters with small blue flowers - recurvata or neglecta

   

THE SILVER FERN
PTERIS ARGYRAEA



SILVER-GREEN LEAVES
MEDIUM SIZED FERN – CUSTOMER FAVORITE
CLUMPING - THREE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANT

This is a most interesting "variegated" fern from India.  This species does not get overhead, clumps and likes filtered light.  It wants ample water during the growing season.  People who see this plant get very excited and often buy several.  I’ve shipped these to the Bay Area (San Francisco) and reports are that they’ve done fine there.  It makes a nice filtered light companion plant.  These can be shipped.  We’ve been out of this species since last spring and are putting new arrival 5 gallon on special.  These will arrive in several days.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $47.50

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase.


Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea
Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea
Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea Silver Fern Pteris argyraea

 

THURSDAY, 21 JANUARY, 2021 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM
TREES IN FRUIT

Wodyetia bifurcata, a species from Queensland, Australia, is known for it's fluffy leaves, medium stature and bright red and large fruit.  Shown here are several plants in fruit in various stages.  Fruit first appears green.  Fruit will attain full size but still be green.  Then it changes to a light yellow, then to orange and finally to a prominent red.  At this red stage it may fall to the ground.  When red, it is ready to be removed and germinated.  Green fruit germinates poorly.  Fruit size is about like a small chicken egg.  Seeds inside are brown and prominently grooved.  In our local growing area here in San Diego, we've had scores of mature trees of this species produce viable seeds.

wodyetia in fruit
Tree with ripe red fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
First tree in fruit.  All seeds are green
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Another specimen with ripening fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit
Wodyetia bifurcata in fruit wodyetia fruit

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


POPULAR, BLUE, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 25 GALLON SIZE

All the time customers are seeking out Bismarckia, especially for mail orders to other states.  We have available some 15 gallon plants of this species that can be mail ordered.  But, we don't have too many.  For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  These are the blue form.  You’ll note that there’s some purple color to the leaves and stems.  This is because they were outdoor grown and saw cold weather into the twenties F.  But, this is the blue form as only the blue ones seem to show purple with cold.  As they grow, all leaves remain blue.  Mature specimens in their native habitat reach heights of over forty feet.  Trunk diameter can reach 18 inches or a bit more.  Leaf width can be up to eight feet.  

This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.  Shown are our 25 gallon plants on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE $475


Remember:  Mention this Special for this price.  Limited numbers available.


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

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE BUTTERFLY OR ARECA PALM


NICE 15 GALLON PLANTS 8 TO 9 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 15G SIZE.


This is a suckering palm species from Madagascar that is medium sized mature, seldom over 18 feet in Southern California.  It has attractive, thin trunks with a prominent yellow color on the petioles and inner crown of stems.  It has a medium growth rate.  Along the coast, it prefers sun or very bright filtered light.  In inland areas it cannot take full sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  We are offering very nice and tall squat 15 gallon plants on species.  They are two to three feet taller than what we usually offer in the squat 15g size.  We remind people that this palm is the most popular palm for blocking the neighbor from looking over the fence into your yard!  For this reason we also call it the "Neighbor Blocking Palm". 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH OF TALL 15G $190


Very limited numbers available.  You must mention this Blog Only Special at the time of ordering to get this discounted price.


Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens Dypsis lutescens

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD


WE HAVE A FEW VERY LARGE 15 GALLON PLANTS
SUPER DIFFICULT TO FIND
20% OFF REGULAR PRICE FOR TEN DAYS

Today I'm showing you a hard to find suckering palm from northern India, Tibet and surrounding areas.  Quite remarkably, its native habitat is at elevations of 5000 to 7500 feet.  As you'd suspect, it tolerates temperatures way below freezing, probably into the upper teens F.  I don't really know for sure as of yet.  But, it's felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus Arenga.  It's not a small Arenga.  It can get up to 20 feet with trunks about 8 inches (mature) in diameter.  Like other species of the genus, the trunks are hairy and a bit shaggy.  Leaves are large and silver colored on their underside.  It is a part day sun or filtered light species.

Shown here is a large 15 gallon nursery plant.  A habitat photo by T. Spanner is also shown.  For those of you in colder areas, this is a great palm.  We only have a few for sale.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES IN 15 GALLON $250
SALES PRICE THIS SIZE $200

 
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha 15g Oct Arenga micrantha 15g Oct
Arenga micrantha 15g Oct Arenga micrantha Tobias Spanner RPS Arenga micrantha 15g Oct

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
THE GREEN BISMARCKIA



BISMARCKIA BUT WITHOUT THE BLUE COLOR
VERY ATTRACTIVE, LARGER GREEN FAN PALM
TEN DAY 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 5G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $185

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discounted price.

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 MICROSPADIX
SMALLER TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM



GREEN LEAVES – VERY THIN TRUNKS
BRIGHT RED FRUIT
NEAR MATURE 15 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 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 near mature 15g plants on special.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $185

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.  The 15g size is shown in the first 5 photos.  The last photo is a 25 gallon nursery plant.


Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix Chamaedorea microspadix

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


SO, WHAT IS IT?
ARE THEY EVER ON SALE?
YES, 10 DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $75

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

Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa
Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa Archontophoenix teracarpa

 

PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM


SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This exotic suckering pinnate palm is native to Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.  It has thin trunks that can have a blonde color.  Leaves are somewhat narrow, green in color with an unarmed petiole.  Mature height in CA is usually about twelve feet although in the tropics they get much taller.  They like filtered light but can take a bit of morning sun.  Too much sun here will burn them.  Cold hardiness is into the upper 20's F.  I had a mature specimen that produced large numbers of purple fruit for years.  This species is similar to Pinanga kuhlii but has more repetitive regular leaves and less mottling to the leaflets.  Of note, some taxonomists consider these two species synonymous.  Shown here are some 5 gallon plants which we’re putting on special. 

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

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


Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata

 

PRITCHARDIA MARTII
HAWAIIAN FAN PALM



MEDIUM SIZE - RUSTY UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This Hawaiian Fan Palm is native to the island of Oahu in HI and typically gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet in Southern CA but can attain heights to thirty feet in habitat.  It is a single trunk palm with a trunk diameter of about a foot.  Leaves are green and rather flat.  Their underside has a rusty brown or copper color secondary to tomentum hairs.  It tolerates full sun along the coast.  Far inland areas should give it limited sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It is a somewhat difficult species to find.  The 5g we're putting on special are not overly large and were summer repots.  These can be mail ordered, weather permitting.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $75


Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii
Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii Pritchardia martii

 

BASSELINIA ERIOSTACHYS
DESIRABLE SMALLER PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA



SINGLE TRUNK AND CLUSTERING
THIN TRUNK, PURPLE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This species of understory palm is endemic to many areas of New Caledonia where it grows at sea level and in mountainous areas.  It is both single trunk and suckering in form.  Stems are small and prominently ringed.  The crown shaft is often a purple color.  Mature height is typically under ten feet.  Leaves are slightly arching and leaflets are green and of irregular width, often wider at the terminal portion of the leaf.  This palm is being grown in Southern California and New Zealand.  It wants filtered light or a bit of sun, no more.  Cold tolerance is unknown but apparently down to near a freeze.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE $65

The mature photo below is by an unknown author c/o Palmpedia.

Basselinia eriostachys Basselinia eriostachys Basselinia eriostachys
Basselinia eriostachys Basselinia eriostachys Palmpdia Basselinia eriostachys

 

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 this past summer into 2 gallon pots.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Remember:  Mention this Special!

Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri
Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri
Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


FOR A CYCAD, VERY COLD HARDY
TOLERATES DESERT SUN - ONE OF BEST FOR THIS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 15 GALLON PLANTS

Dioon edule is 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.  Leaves are typically green to blue-green.  Leaflets at pointed at the end and otherwise un-armed.  Dioon edule is one of the few cycads that tolerates hot direct desert sun.  The Sago Palm can't claim this ability.  Cold tolerance is excellent, being able to take cold weather into the teens F.  We recently got in a handful of great 15 gallon plants with caudexes of about 6 inches.  They are gorgeous.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP OF CYCADS $240

This is a great buy.  But, remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Mail order possible.

Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule
Dioon edule Dioon edule Dioon edule

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS X TRISPINOSUS
DIFFERENT HYBRID TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS



SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING BLUE MATURE PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


Recently we have been offering some very unusual Encephalartos hybrids.  But, we still carry the pure species almost all the time.  This hybrid comes from two South African species.  Both parents are native to the Eastern Cape region of RSA.  Male pollen of trispinosus was used to fertilize the female cone of E. arenarius.  Both parents had blue color.  The offspring should produce a small to medium sized adult blue plant with hybrid vigor, curved leaves and leaflets with prominent lobes/spines.  It should be very attractive.  It'll want full sun along the coast and be cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  This is the first time we have offered this hybrid.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID $55

Encephalartos arenariuS x trispinosus Encephalartos arenarius x trispinosus Encephalartos arenariux x trispinosus
Encephalartos arenariux x trispinosus Encephalartos arenarius x trispinosus  
Encephalartos arenariux x trispinosus
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos trispinosus
Encephalartos trispinosus

 

ALOCASIA PORTORA
GREAT COMPANION PLANT FOR COASTAL SUN

DARK STEM – LARGE GREEN LEAVES
THIS SPECIES HAS BEEN OUT OF STOCK FOR SIX MONTHS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


Alocasia are a rather large group of broad leaved suckering plants that are native to Asia and tropical areas of Australia.  Most produce rhizomes or tubers and produce suckers at the base of the primary plant.  All have exotic and broad leaves that come in an assortment of sizes and colors.  Most have prominent veins as shown below.  All are exotic and appealing.  There are about eighty natural species in the wild and even more hybrids

The species I’m putting on special below is Alocasia portora.  It has large green “elephant ear” shaped leaves.  The undersides are green as well with prominent yellow veins.  Leaves can get about 3 feet long and point upwards.  This species can take full coastal sun or part sun.  It’s cold hardy into the upper 20’s F.  The 15g on sale were repotted late fall and should boom in their containers once spring gets here.  They are shown in the first six photos.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BATCH 15G ALOCASIA PORTORA $110

Note:  The last row of photos are of 15 that we had last summer.  This is what the plants on sale will look like by this coming summer.


Alocasia portora Alocasia portora Alocasia portora
Alocasia portora Alocasia portora Alocasia portora
Alocasia portora Alocasia portora Alocasia portora

 

BIRDSNEST FERN - ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY FERN


LONG SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is such a great fern that I am again putting it on Special - the Birdsnest Fern, Asplenium nidus.  It's a gardener's favorite!  They are an ideal understory plant for the garden floor but can also be grown inside the home or in a patio area.  Leaves are green and shiny.  They want filtered light and ample water.  Like most ferns, you don't want them to go dry.  A large specimen plant could have a crown spread of six or seven feet.  You have to keep snails away from them.  The plants on special are nice 5 gallon plants.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this discount when you purchase.
The very nice photos below are by mysarawak Travelogue and HawaiianForest.com

Birds Nest Fern Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus
Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus
Birds Nest Fern Asplenium nidus Birds Nest Fern by mysarawak Travelogue Birds Nest Fern by HawaiianForest.com

 

PINK JASMINE
JASMINUM POLYANTHUS
FLORID FRAGRANT BLOSSOMS EARLY SUMMER


5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

At the nursery we grow and sell three different species of Jasmine.  The one shown today is the earliest bloomer and comes into blossom in about the month of May.  They are absolutely loaded with these faint pink and super fragrant blossoms. If you look carefully, you'll notice unopened blossoms are pink and the opened ones are a white with a faint pink color.  And, wow!  Do they have a pleasant fragrance.  You can easily smell them over twenty feet away.  This plant like sun and is cold hardy to about 20 degrees F.  Limited supply. 

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase

 

Pink Jasmine Pink Jasmine Pink Jasmine
Pink Jasmine

 

 

 

TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY, 2021 

ROYSTONEA BORINQUENA
PERHAPS A MORE COLD HARDY ROYAL PALM



PHOTOGRAPHS OF MATURE PALMS

During the winter of 2007 when we had a severe cold spell, I came to find that this species or Royal Palm seemed to posses more cold hardiness than Roystonea regia and others that are more commonly seen.   Our area got down to about 25 degrees F.  An enthusiast about a mile from the nursery said his R. regias were totally burned but the Roystonea borninquena went untouched.  Because of this I pursued seeds and grew more.  We've sold a lot of this beautiful palm since then.  It is native to Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and a few other islands.  You'll note the absence of the super swollen base often seen with other species.  It likes full sun, enjoys ample water and can get to heights over forty feet.  At the present time, availability of this species of Royal Palm has been almost zero as no new seeds have been on the market for several years.  But, hopefully this will change soon. 

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

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY 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
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.  Note, we are getting very low on this size.  We also do have nice 5g plants.


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

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
THE CHAMPAGNE PALM


BEAUTIFUL MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This palm is native to the Reunion Islands and is being grown by many in our locality.  It gets to 20 feet tall, likes sun and is cold tolerant into the mid to upper 20's F.  It is pinnate and crown shafted.  Of note, this palm is in the family of the Bottle and Spindle Palm.  But, it has a much thinner trunk and is more cold hardy.  Shown are our 5 gallon plants on special with some mature plants.

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


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


Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica
Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica Hyophorbe indica

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS

NEWLY EMERGING RED LEAVES
FAIRLY TALL CROWN SHAFTED PALM
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. Mature heights can read 60 to 80 feet.  Compare this to the height of the common King Palm at about 40 to 50 feet.  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.  Of note, as you see on one photo below, the newly emerging leaf is red.  I wish to thank L.N. below for his picture of a mature tree.  The plants I'm putting on special are 5 gallon size.  Most are multiples and the one shown below is a double with two plants in the pot.  In the last row of photos, I'm showing two 15 gallon plants, but they are not on special right now.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $80


Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

Archontophoenix maxima   Archontophoenix maxima   Archontophoenix maxima  
Archontophoenix maxima   Archontophoenix maxima Luke Nancarrow  Archontophoenix maxima  

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

RUST COLORED CROWN SHAFT
THIN SILVER RINGED TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This great palm from Madagascar is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.  This is one of the most popular palms around.  I’m offering our 5 gallon plants.  They are nicely sized but would like to grow for a while in their present containers. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


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


Dypsis leptocheilos 5g   Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 
Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos  Dypsis leptocheilos 

   

LICUALA PELTATA VARIETY PELTATA
LARGE DIVIDED AND FLAT TROPICAL LEAF



THIN TRUNK, EXOTIC APPEARANCE
SOME DEGREE OF COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This is a tall, thin trunked tropical fan palm that is native to regions from northeastern India down through the Malay Peninsula.  It is known for its green divided flat leaves that can be almost six feet in width and have deeply divided segments that go all the way to the leaf stem.  Thus, from below, you see a full flat leaf that is divided into segments.  Tree height can be up to 30 feet.  The trunk is thin, about 4 inches in diameter.  It is a filtered light plant that could works its way into more sun.  Cold tolerance is about 30 degrees F. or a bit lower. 

We recently acquired some huge one gallon plants that needed a late winter repotting into 5 gallon containers.  We're putting these on special.  My thanks to Paul Craft for the 7th and 9th photos below.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS $90

These could sell out quickly.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

Licuala peltata Licuala peltata Licuala peltata
Licuala peltata Licuala peltata Licuala peltata
Licuala peltata paul craft Licuala peltata Licuala peltata paul craft

 

CHAMAEDOREA SARTORII
SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM



WANTS FILTERED LIGHT
HARD TO FIND - VERY RARE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE.

This thin trunked understory palm is native to Mexico and several Central American countries.  It has a thin trunk a half inch thick and green leaves with variability in the width of the leaflets.  The terminal leaflets are often fused to give a large fishtail type of leaflet.  It gets to about ten feet tall.  It's a bit difficult to find.  This size can be mail ordered.

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


Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.


Chamaedorea sartorii Chamaedorea sartorii Chamaedorea sartorii
Chamaedorea sartorii Chamaedorea sartorii

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM

WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE 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.  The fourth picture below shows small needles forming on the trunk.  The first five photos show the 5g on sale followed by a few 15g plants.  All are in limited supply.  In sun the 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.  This is a very slow growing species.  The one gallon plants are being put on sale.    

REGULAR PRICE 1G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $45

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price.


Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon
Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix 1 gallon Rhapidophyllum hystrix

 

PRITCHARDIA NAPALIENSIS
THE NAPALIE LOULU PALM



EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN
MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON JUVENILE PLANTS

This palm is a tropical fan palm native to Hawaii.  Its habitat is located on the cliffs of the Napali coastline on the island of Kauai.  It reaches a trunk height of fourteen to twenty feet with a trunk diameter of about 8 inches.  Taller specimens have been reported in habitat.  Leaves are green, flat with distinctly divided segments when mature.  Seeds become black and are round, about an inch in length.  Near the leaf attachment, the proximal leaf and terminal leaf stem have pronounced rusty-brown hairs/tomentum.  The rest of the ventral leaves are green.  Along the coast it can be grown in full sun and cold hardiness is a bit below a freeze (exact low uncertain).  We rarely have these for sale.  Seeds were from a domestic tree.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $47.50

Remember to mention this Special.  Mail order possible.
The 7th and 9th photos by Kyle Wicomb, Palmpedia.  The 8th photo is by P. Goltra.


Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis
Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis Pritchardia napaliensis
Pritchardia napaliensis NTBG Kauai, kyle wicomb2 Pritchardia napaliensis habitat by P. Goltra Palmpedia Pritchardia napalensis4 PalmPedia

 

CARPENTERIA ACUMINATA
TALL, VERY THIN TRUNK
NATIVE TO NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

This is a tall, slender, single trunk pinnate palm from the Northern Territory in Australia.  It can get to 40 feet tall and has attractive small red fruits.  Leaves are gently arching and leaf color is green.  It is crown shafted and trunk diameters are well under a foot.  For Southern CA growers, it can be grown but is not the easiest palm to try.  I think it's because, at best, this palm is hardy down to a freeze.  We do have people who seek it out so we carry a small number of plants.  I’d start it in part day sun and then let it grow into the sun.  

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

Remember:  Mention this Special!

Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata
Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata Carpenteria acuminata

 

SABAL ETONIA
DWARF SABAL SPECIES FROM FLORIDA


NEVER OVER SIX TO EIGHT FEET TALL
MINIMAL TRUNK - DIVIDED FAN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


This dwarf species of Sabal is different than the more commonly seen Sabal Palmetto.  It is native to Florida, stretching from the Panhandle down through the peninsula.  It forms minimal trunk - one to two meters at most.  Leaves are green and have divided segments.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is into the teens F. and they take full sun.  They are very difficult to find for sale.  These are seedling plants, about two years old.  We're putting them on Special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40


Mention this Special for your discount.  The garden photo is from Fairchild Botanical Garden c/o PalmPedia.

Sabal etonia Sabal etonia Sabal etonia
Sabal etonia Sabal etonia Sabal_etonia by FTG c/o PalmPedia

 

SERENOA REPENS
THE SAW PALMETTO


SEMI-DWARF FAN PALM
GREEN TO BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This semi-dwarf fan palm is a suckering palm native to the SE portion of the United States.  Typical heights are about six to seven feet although there are plants to ten feet.  Leaf color is more commonly green.  However, there are sought after blue clones of the suckering palm.  Leaves are small, typically two to three feet across.  Leaf stems are armed.  It is a full sun palm with a cold tolerance into the upper teens F.


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $40


Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Serenoa repens Serenoa repens Serenoa repens
SERENOA REPENS SERENOA REPENS SERENOA REPENS

 

ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA
DWARF GREEN CYCAD

 

GOOD LOW PROFILE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE PLANTS


This dwarf species of Zamia is from Puerto Rico and surrounding Caribbean areas.  It is a small cycad with a caudex of six inches.  It suckers, forming clumps.  Its leaves are about 3 feet long, arching downwards and the leaflets are small.  The petioles are unarmed.  It likes filtered light and tolerates temperatures into the upper twenties F.  It prefers partial sun or strong filtered light.  But, it can be grown in sun along our coastal areas here. It is an ideal cycad species where one wants plants to stay small.  It's perfect for planting next to a walkway.  We’re putting our citrus pot plant on Special.  Caudex sizes are 3 to 5 inches.  Most are clustering plants with cones. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT HIS SIZE $195

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  These are easy to mail order.
  The first six photos show the size on sale.


Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone
Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone
ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA

 

LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI
LEPIDOZAMIA SPECIES WITH WIDER LEAFLETS

 

MAKES A TALL TREE OVER A CENTURY
FAIRLY RARE AND HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This species of cycad gets enormous!  I mean really tall.  There are specimens with heights to almost 60 feet.  Leaves are six to ten feet long.  Leaflets are soft and without spines or armor.
For this reason, it is felt to be a very user friendly cycad.  But, you must give it adequate room to grow.  Compared to the Lepidozamia peroffskyana, the hopei leaflets are wider.  It's quite noticeable when you compare the two side by side. This is the best way to tell them apart when they are young.  Culturally, it is quite similar to L. peroffskyana, preferring some sun but not full sun in most areas.  Far inland it may do better with filtered light. In terms of rarity, you don't see this species for sale that often.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  We're putting citrus pot size on sale with caudexes of about 4 inches.  These can be mail ordered.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $325

Regular price is $90 per inch.  These can be mail ordered.


Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches
Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia hopei cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches
LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI

 

BLUE STAR FERN
PHLEBODIUM AUREUM



 LEAVES WITH A DEFINITE BLUE COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This is a fern we have for sale once in a while.  We’ve found it’s quite popular and often sells out.  We just got in a new batch including 5g and 1g plants.  This is a rhizomatous fern that clumps or crawls.  Leaves are lobed and have a undulating margins.  Leave color is blue-green to blue.  Interestingly it is found on the eastern portions of United States, Central America, the Caribbean Islands and South America as far south as Argentina.  Leaves are soft and plant height is usually about two feet.  It likes filtered light and is cold tolerant down to about a freeze.  I've read that is somewhat drought tolerant.  Some use it as an expansive ground cover. 
 

REGULAR REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $45


Blue Star Fern Phlebodium auerium Blue Star Fern Phlebodium auerium
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium auerium Phlebodeum aureumpHLE

 

MONDAY, 18 JANUARY, 2021

THE BOTTLE PALM
HYOPHORBE LAGENICAULIS



POPULAR AND INTERESTING SEMI-DWARF PALM
BUT, VERY COLD SENSITIVE & DIFFICULT TO GROW
SPINDLE PALM - A MUCH BETTER ALTERNATIVE PALM

The common name for Hyophorbe lagenicaulis is the Bottle Palm.  It gets this common name from the fact that an old specimen has a markedly enlarged base.  So, when larger, it looks like a large water bottle.  It is a semi-short, sun loving palm that gets to a height of ten feet in a few decades.  People enjoy the small stature.  But, there are serious limitations.  It does very poorly with colder winter weather that we see in Southern California.  A freeze will often be the end of it.  Even temperatures in the 30's F. significantly damage it.  Of all the Bottle Palms sold by depot type stores in our area, an estimated 99% are dead by the first winter. 

The photos below below in the first four rows are all the Bottle Palm.  But, there's a much better alternative palm that looks very similar.  It's the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii.  In the right growing areas, Spindle Palms look very similar but have a 75% chance of making it.  They can take temperatures down to a freeze or as bit lower.  They typically get to a mature height of about 15 feet or a bit taller.  So, they are taller but still in the short palm category.  Both species are slow growing and want sun.  The Spindle Palm is shown in the last row of photos.  Note that the main difference is that the bulge in the trunk is not so much at the base but rather in the central trunk, off the ground.  Because of their superiority, we almost never grow or offer Bottle Palms but have a good stock of Spindle Palms to offer for sale.

 

Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM



A LOOK AT SOME VERY OLD SPECIMENS
SUPER OLD TREES

Most of us know what the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii, looks like.  But, I thought I'd show you pictures of plants that are at least fifty years old.  I've been following these particular trees individually for over thirty years and they were large when I first met them.   So, here's the "Senior citizens" of Spindle Palms.  The fourth photo shows the classic bulge in the mid-trunk.  But, on some trees you'll notice this is less apparent - almost as if the central bulge aborts.  I can't comment too much on this other than to say that this seems true on occasions and the bulge is less apparent.  I wish I had sequential, over the decades, photos of individual trees.  

Many are growing this sun-loving species here in Southern California and the tallest ones I know of are ten to twelve feet tall.  References say twenty feet is maximum and certainly some of these trees are pushing that height.  Cold hardiness is down to about a freeze.  At the nursery we have seedlings, 5g and 15g sizes for sale. 

Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Colony
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
5 gallon size
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
15 gallon size at nursery

 

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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15 GALLON PLANTS

For several decades we've been growing this stunning blue fan palm from Madagascar.  These are the blue form.  This palm species loves sun, heat and is cold hardy to the low 20’s F.  It doesn’t like the grower to fool with or cut its roots.  These cannot be transplanted once established in the garden.  They get a husky trunk and probably about 40 feet tall in many decades.  This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Shown below is our 15 gallon size that we have on special.  This is a good size to start with and should take off quickly.


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

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
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON

For species description, see above.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your discount.  This size can be easily mail ordered.

Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis  
Bismarckia nobilis      

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

For about a decade we've been offering this very desirable and sought after variety of Butia that has a nice blue color.  Otherwise, it's quite similar to the regular gray-green Pindo Palm.  The problem is we always run out of them.  To satisfy our customer demand, we recently got in some more of the 15g size.  But, there are very limited numbers.  We are offering them at one of the best prices we've ever offered.  This palm loves full hot sun and can take down to 15 degrees F.  So, almost all of you can grow this palm.  The row of three palms in the last row are being grown in San Diego, CA, about a half mile from the Bay.  These are cold hardy to about 15 degrees and demand full, hot sun.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Just remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  We can easily mail order this size. 


Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue
Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue Butia capitata blue

  

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


ANOTHER PALM FROM LORD HOW ISLAND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $80


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 
Howea belmoreana 5g  Howea belmoreana 5g  Howea bemoreana 5g 
Howea bemoreana 5g  Howea belmoreana 5g  Howea bemloreana 5g 
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana 

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM
 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85

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

 

LIVISTONA SARIBUS
LARGE, DARK & HOOKED SPINES


MEDIUM TO TALL FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This medium to tall fan palm is native to southeast Asia.  It can get to heights of thirty-five feet or more.  It is an interesting palm that is easy to grow and has a very ornamental leaf with deep divisions of the segments.  Its segment almost make a complete circle.  Leaf color is green.  The spines on the petioles tend to be dark in color and dramatic, usually the thing most people remember most about this species.  It is a sun species and cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  The 15g size on sale are very large size.  One photo below shows the remarkable blue color to the seeds.  We also have available other sizes.  The sixth photo is by John Volk.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $80


Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  Please note the prominent spines on the leaf stems.

Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus by John Volk PSST
Livistona saribus Livistona saribus Livistona saribus

 

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


NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
5 GALLON SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

I have not shown this species that often because it's rarely available and very difficult to find.  It is native to Mexico at high elevations near Chiapas.  It is a single trunk, understory palm that has sort of a thick trunk up to 1.5 or 2 inches.  The flowers are reminiscent of Chamaedorea radicalis as they shoot high into the foliage.  Its overall appearance is also similar to the trunking radicalis but with bigger leaves, wider leaflets and a thicker trunk.  It gets up to about 10 to 15 feet.

It grows in filtered light and seems to be cold hardy into the mid-twenties at least.  We have a limited number of 5 gallons available (first five photos).   Some pots have two plants per pot - so there's a chance to set some seeds.  These can be mail ordered.  I'm also putting them on special.  Please appreciate that this is a super rare species and is seldom offered for sale.  Note that the photos below show several larger plants from the nursery.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $85


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Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei
Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei Chamaedorea benzei

 

RAVENEA SAMBIRANENSIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

WHEN MATURE, LANDSCAPE SIZED SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE 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 one 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 two photos below.  The one gallons are shown in the first five pictures.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $50


Ravenea sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis
Ravenea sambiranensis Ravenea sambiranensis rAVENEA SAMBIRANENSIS
Ravenea sambiranensis TS RPS Ravenea sambiranensis ts RPS Ravenea sambiranensis

  

ARCHONTOPHOENIX BEATRICAE
PROBABLY A VARIETY OF A. ALEXANDRAE
SWOLLEN BASE OF TRUNK


STEP OFFS AT THE GROWTH RINGS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

Archontophoenix Beatricae has always been a bit of a problem for taxonomists - whether it's truly a species or a variety.  Some feel it's a variety of A. alexandrae.  I won't get into that argument here.  But, the plants shown below came from seed from a A. beatricae.   Note the very swollen trunk base.  It flairs out.  It is also known to have notches or "step offs" at the growth rings.  I don't have a good photo close up of the latter.  These plants need to be repotted or go into the ground.  They can take coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  The 5g size singles are on sale but we may have a few multiples we'd offer at the same price.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $80

Remember:  mention this Special to get your discount when you purchase!
 
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LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD – SPINELESS!


LARGE GREEN CYCAD FOR FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE 

I enjoy talking about this Australian cycad species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large cycad over time with a crown width of eight to ten feet.  I say "user friendly" above because this is one of the few cycad species that has absolutely no spines - none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  This is a large species with trunks slowly getting to over ten feet and leaf length typically six to eight feet or a bit more.  Trunk diameter is usually about 18 inches.  Leaves are green with a smooth petiole with no spines.  Leaflets are glossy green.  It prefers filtered light or full sun along the coast.  It is easy to grow and has a cold hardiness into the low 20’s F.  We’re putting our citrus pot on sale.  These have caudexes of four to five inches.


TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $275

Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches
Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches Lepidozamia peroffskyana cit pot caudex 4 to 5 inches
Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA
DWARF GREEN CYCAD

 

GOOD LOW PROFILE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE PLANTS


This dwarf species of Zamia is from Puerto Rico and surrounding Caribbean areas.  It is a small cycad with a caudex of six inches.  It suckers, forming clumps.  Its leaves are about 3 feet long, arching downwards and the leaflets are small.  The petioles are unarmed.  It likes filtered light and tolerates temperatures into the upper twenties F.  It prefers partial sun or strong filtered light.  But, it can be grown in sun along our coastal areas here. It is an ideal cycad species where one wants plants to stay small.  It's perfect for planting next to a walkway.  We’re putting our citrus pot plant on Special.  Caudex sizes are 3 to 5 inches.  Most are clustering plants with cones. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT HIS SIZE $195

Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone
Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone Zamia amblyphyllidia cit pot caudexes 3 to 5 inches, many in cone
ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA

 

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


VERY SOUGHT AFTER BY ENTHUSIAST
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE - UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

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

The leaves on this species can vary from a blue/green color, to a powdery silver and in some cases be an aquamarine.  Leaflets twist almost perpendicular to the petiole, giving them a 'stacking' appearance (like blinds).  In coastal and inland areas, this species prefers to be in the full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.
The seedlings on special are 18 month old with two leaves.  We rarely put them on special.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $95

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


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

 

BILLBERGIA SPECIES - A BROMELIAD
SUMMER BLOOMER WITH PINK BLOSSOMS


HUGE CLUSTERS IN POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLD PLANTS


Billbergia is a type of Bromeliad that grows quite well in the ground.  They are from Mexico, Central and South America and some Caribbean locations.  Most are summer bloomers with large pendent blossoms that have colorful petals.  The representative photo below is from Wikipedia.  The plants we're putting on special are five to ten year old cluster plants with about ten to twenty plants per pot.  When they blossom they'll give a huge display of long-lasting color.  Usually when you buy Bromeliads, you just get one plant.  Then you wait ten years to get a cluster like these.  They take coastal full sun and can survive a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE THESE CLUSTERS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS $65


These can be shipped.  Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get this special price.

Billbergia species  Billbergia species  Billbergia species 
Bilbergia species  Bilbergia species  Billbergia blossom Wikipedia 

 

MUSA SUMATRANA HYBRID
A NON-FRUITING CROSSED WITH A FRUITING BANANA

SHOULD MAKE PRETTIER FRUITING PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


The plants I'm showing here may be very interesting.  It's a cross between the ornamental Musa sumatrana (zebrina) and a fruiting type of Banana.  The hybridizer told me it should make edible bananas.  Time will tell.  Even if it doesn't, it should be bigger than a regular sumatrana with green leaves having attractive purple splotches and maroon underside.  See photos below.  It'd want full sun and should be cold tolerant well into the mid-twenties F.  We're putting our 5 gallon on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $55

Only a handful available.

Musa sumatrana hybrid Musa sumatrana hybrid Musa sumatrana hybrid
Musa sumatrana hybrid Musa sumatrana hybrid Musa sumatrana hybrid

 

ASSORTED ALOCASIA VARIETIES
GREAT COMPANION PLANTS

WE HAVE ABOUT TWELVE VARIETIES IN STOCK
VARIOUS HEIGHTS, TROPICAL, LUSH-APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Alocasia are a rather large group of broad leaved suckering plants that are native to Asia and tropical areas of Australia.  Most produce rhizomes or tubers and produce suckers at the base of the primary plant.  All have exotic and broad leaves that come in an assortment of sizes and colors.  Most have prominent veins as shown below.  All are exotic and appealing.  There are about eighty natural species in the wild and even more hybrids. 

Many plants below are hybrids developed for beauty.  Right now we have a great selection of unusual and hard to find varieties of Alocasia.  Availability on these rare plants does change over time.  We mostly have 5 gallon size but some one gallons.  There are some sun species below and some that are very cold hardy.  All like good draining soil and ample moisture on the roots.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON ALOCASIA $50

Below are nine different varieties.  We have three or four more types.  Mail order is possible but a bit difficult b/c of weather issues and the fragile leaves.


Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem
Alocasia serendipity
Alocasia serendipity
Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess
Alocasia sarawakensis yucatan princess
Alocasia dark star
Alocasia dark star
Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo
Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii
Alocasia cal-odora
Alocasia cal-odora
Alocasia calidora
Alocasia calidora

 

 

SATURDAY, 16 JANUARY, 2021

CYCAS THOUARSII
EXOTIC GREEN CYCAD WITH THIN TRUNK


VERY SIMILAR TO CYCAS CIRCINALIS
MEDIUM TO LARGE GREEN CYCAD FROM EASTERN AFRICA AND ADJACENT ISLANDS
EASY TO GROW - TAKES COASTAL SUN

Cycas thouarsii is often mentioned as "coming from Madagascar", and that it does.  But, there are also native populations in multiple eastern African countries and in the Comoros Islands.  It is a large cycad that can get trunks over thirty feet tall and twelve to eighteen inches thick.  But, in the short term of 20 years, anticipate a trunk height of six or eight feet in the ground.  Leaves are green, tend to be upright and have a length of six to nine feet.  A healthy plant can throw forty new leaves all at once.  Leaflets are paired and bright green.  Leaf stems are armed with small hooks.  Leaflets are leathery and reduced in size toward the base of the leaf.

Cycas circinalis is the trade name for a very similar plant known as the Queen Sago.  Probably, most of the plants in the United States are not the true species which is from India.  From an appearance point of view, it is quite similar to C. thouarsii and often these two are considered the same.  Both of these species thrive in coastal Southern California and tolerate full sun right on the coast.  In fare inland areas, part day sun is preferred. 

Shown below are very nice examples of these species.  The older 15g are 30 year old plants that have been locally grown outdoors in sun.  We also have some boxed specimens and smaller sizes for sale.  The 5g size can be easily shipped.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20’s F.

  
Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis
Cycas circinalis Cycas thouarsii Cycas circinalis
Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis Cycas circinalis
Cycas thouarsii Cycas circinalis

 

DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD



GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
LOTS OF SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM


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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON THREE SIZES

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds the past few years.  We are pleased to presently three different sizes, all on sale.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per 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.  We’re putting on sale popular sizes of 1, 5 and 15g plants.  .

REGULAR PRICE 1GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45 (FIRST ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $80 (SECOND ROW OF PHOTOS)

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175 (THIRD ROW OF PHOTOS)


Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The last two photos are c/o TS at RPS and Palmpedia.  Also, be aware, we have limited numbers on some sizes.

Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea plumosa Chamaedorea plumosa TS RPS Chamaedorea plumosa Palmpedia

 

VEITCHIA SPIRALIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM VANUATU



EXOTIC APPEARING CROWN SHAFTED PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL FIFTEEN GALLON SIZE

This unusual single trunk palm species is native to the small island of Vanuatu.  It is a tall species reaching heights of over fifty feet.  It has a silver-green crown shaft and premorse leaflets.  It is quite exotic appearing.  It is a sun species along the coast.  It does tolerate a freeze.  But, it is a lot easier to grow than other Veitchia species.  Customers have told us it’s their favorite of the genus by far.  I don’t have many, but I'm offering the fifteen gallon size on special.  The plant shown below is a double, two stems.  And, I forgot to say, it’s super rare and near impossible to find.  We only have a couple for sale.

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

Just mention this blog special at the time of purchase for this price.  The first garden photo is from Pinterest and the second from PalmPedia - both by unknown authors.


Veithia spiralis Veithia spiralis Veithia spiralis
Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis Veitchia spiralis 15gi
Veitchia spiralis pinterest Veitchia spiralis palmpedia  

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT MADAGASCAR PALM - MEDIUM HIEGHT - THIN TRUNK


NOT TOO MANY LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G


Many folks like plants that don't have a super thick trunk and don't get too tall.  Such is the case with this species.  Ravenea glauca is native to Madagascar, has a thin six inch trunk and gets to a height of about 25 feet.  One of my favorite habitat photos is shown below with the red cliffs in the background.  How gorgeous is this species?  It is a full sun plant in most areas and cold hardy to the upper teens to low 20's F. 

The 15g plants shown here are six feet or a bit more in height.  They'd be a challenge to mail order.  But, we do have smaller sizes for sale that are easy to ship.  Growth rate is pretty good.  It is a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.  Be aware we only have a few available.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $190


Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.
The last photo from Palmpedia is by an unknown author. 

Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM


A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
HEIGHT TO ABOUT TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G POT 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 have a handful of large plants in 15 gallon size.  They typically are suckering with a near mature height.  They are about 15 to 20 years old and very full as shown here and have been at our nursery all this time.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum
Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum
Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum Chamaedore cataractarum

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS
TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM


FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES
THIS CAN BE A SINGLE OR A SUCKERING PALM
TEN DAY 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 5 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $175

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

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


BLUE WITH THINNER TRUNK THAT B. ARMATA

TEN DAY 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 $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $85


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

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF



DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY 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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $80


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

 

DYPSIS CARLSMITHII
ORIGINALLY CALLED "DYPSIS STUMPY"

 

ATTRACTIVE AND DIFFERENT SINGLE TRUNK MADAGASCAR PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - THICK TRUNK
SALE OF 5 GALLON SIZE

The original specimen of this species was found in the garden of the now-late Don Carlsmith on the Big Island, HI.  Friend Jeff Marcus grew this species from seeds of this single plant and, thirty years ago, referred to it as Dypsis "Stumpy".  With the assistance of John Dransfield at Kew Gardens in the U.K., it was later given the name of Dypsis carlsmithii.

This is a medium sized, crown shafted pinnate palm with upright leaves that are green and arch at their ends.  Leaves are keeled and the crown shaft is green with hints of orange.  It was called "stumpy" by Jeff because the trunk is thick compared to many other Dypsis.  Trunks are ringed and 12 to 14 inches thick.  Mature height is twenty feet and it wants part day or full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.  Nowadays, the only source of seeds for this species is domestic seeds so availability is very limited.  We are putting a small number of 5 gallon on sale.  The seventh photo is by Ryan Gallivan c/o PACSOA. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $100 

 

Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii 
Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii 
Dypsis_carlsmithii by Ryan Galivan PACSOA  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis stumpy carlsmithii 

 

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
THIN TRUNK & TALL SOLITARY PALM


PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of single trunk pinnate palm is native to Brazil and can get to heights of fifty to sixty feet.  It can be grown in Southern California and is a smaller version of the Queen Palm.   Leaves are green and plumose.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy into the mid to upper 20's F.  One special are nice 5 gallon plants, still with their juvenile foliage.

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

Remember:  mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  Last photo by John Demott, FL - via the I.P.S.

Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea 
Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea 
Syagrus oleracea  Syagrus oleracea by John DeMott IPS   

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM


NEVER OVER ABOUT 7 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


Sabal minor is a dwarf species of fan palm from the southern United States and is commonly found in the state of Texas.  It rarely gets foliage overhead with an average height of four to seven feet.  It has a long petiole and a small leaf.  The blossom produces an ample supply of small black seeds and juts upward into or above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a that is not overhead.  It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F. 

The seedlings in band size are a great size for affordable mail order.  They are very nice size for a band. This species is quite easy to grow and has been used as a houseplant.p

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

Remember, mention this Special for this price at the time of ordering. 


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

 

CARPOXYLON MACROSPERMUM
DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED PALM


NATIVE TO VANUATU
EXTREMELY HARD TO FIND
NOT VERY COLD TOLERANT
SALE ON ONE GALLON PLANTS


This extremely gorgeous crown shafted palm was introduced into the cultivation market perhaps 25 years ago.  At that time and since, availability of seeds has very limited and seed prices high - as much as several dollars per seed.  This is a single trunk palm with very arching green leaves and a lime green colored crown shaft.  The trunk is medium sized and about 10 inches thick.  Overall height is 15 to 20 feet. Leaves are keeled and leaflets continue nearly all the way to the base of the petiole.  The base of the trunk is slightly swollen.  The difficulty in growing this species is the lack of its ability to tolerate a freeze.  Tolerated low temperatures are 33 to 34 degrees.  With this said, some people in warmer microclimates have had success in growing this beautiful palm.  It wants acclimation into full sun.  The mature photos are c/o a friend in Vanuatu and are from a private garden.  This is an extremely difficult species to find for sale.  Within a month or so, all these are going into 5 gallon pots.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $75
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $65

Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum  
Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum  
Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum   Carpoxylon macrospermum  

 

DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

There is some type of seductive quality to this rare species of Dioon.  I think it's because of the compact, rigid, keeled and curved leaves.  At times they are a bit bizarre appearing - but very appealing.  This is a species that takes on the mature appearance over time.  As a young plant you might think it's a "ho-hummer".  But, as it ages, it develops its traditional appearance and gets more attractive.  Leaves are four to five feet long.  In a domestic situation, a plant with a three foot trunk would be enormous.  It takes full sun and is cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Plants on special have a caudex of about 2 inches or a bit more.

REGULAR PRICE CIT POT $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE IN CIT POT $195

Remember to mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.  This size is easy to mail order. 

Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi Dioon califanoi
Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi  Dioon califanoi 
http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon_califanoi_005.GIF  http://www.junglemusic.net/gallery2/gallery/large/cycads/dioon-califanoi991.jpg   

 

ZAMIA SPARTEA
A DWARF THIN LEAF CYCAD


TOLERATES SUN ALONG THE COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This species of Mexican cycad is quite unusual to see available because it has been neglected for so long because enthusiasts sought out the more broad leaf Zamia species.  Zamia spartea has extremely thin leaflets.  The leaf stems are mildly armed with small spines.  This is a dwarf cycad.  It lives in grassy areas and is difficult to spot in habitat because it is camouflaged by the adjacent grass. It gets a cuadex about four inches in size with leaves three to four feet long.  They are green in color and leaf stems are prominently armed with spines.  In the ground and in cultivation, it will hold perhaps five leaves or more.  It cones at an age of about five to six years after germination.  Shown here are some citrus pot and coning sized plants.  These are about ten years old.  Note the male cones in the 5th photo of a nursery plant.  Cold tolerance of this species is into the twenties F.  Along the coast it can tolerate a fair amount of sun.  Inland areas would require sun protection. We have citrus pot plants with caudexes of about 3 inches that we’re putting on sale.

REGULAR PRICE THESE CITRUS POT PLANTS $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE POT AND CAUDEX $240

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.  Easy to mail order.  Garden photo below by friend Joseph Perner from Australia.  It's the plants in the background.


Zamia spartea Zamia spartea Zamia spartea
Zamia spartea Zamia spartea Zamia spartea
Zamia spartea Joseph Perner Australia    

 

CYCAS PECTINATA
TALL GREEN ASIAN CYCAD


SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


This is the tallest species of the genus Cycas with reports from habitat of plants over forty feet tall.   It has a wide distribution spreading from India throughout southeast Asia and into China.  Trunks are medium diameter with swelling at the base.  Leaves are green, 4 to 6 feet long with small armor on the leaf stems.  The appearance of a well grown plant is a lush tropical cycad.  It'll take coastal sun or part day interior sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F. or a bit lower.  It is one of the more cold tolerant plants of the genus.  We're offering citrus pot size plants on a Ten Day Special.  Caudex sizes are 4 to 5 inches.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS SIZE $250
 
Note the last 2 photos are of a nursery plant.

Cycas pectinata cit pot caudex 3 to 5 inches Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata
Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata
CYCAS PECTINATA CYCAS PECTINATA CYCAS PECTINATA

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAD HYBRID OF TWO RARE SPECIES



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

We're offering on special a very rare hybrid of the genus Cycas.  Both parents are native to China.  The C. panzhiuaensis is known for it's medium size, blue-green foliage in sun and cold tolerance.  Cycas debaoensis is known for it's mutlipinnate leaves and fluffy leaf appearance.  I've not had this cross before and there are no pictures of mature plants available.  It should make a small to medium sized adult plant and take at least part day with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  The plants on special are super large one gallons with about 2 inch thick caudexes.  They need to be repotted or planted.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECAIL THESE PLANTS $80

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

Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis Cycas panzhihuaensis x debaoensis Cycas panshihuaensis
Cycas panshihuaensis Cycas debaoensis Cycas debaoensis

 

RABITTS FOOT FERN
DAVALIA FEJEENSIS



DWARF FERN - ABOUT 18 INCHES TALL
CREEPS ON GROUND WITH FURRY FEET
TEN DAY 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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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

  

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
BANANA-LIKE SUCKERING TROPICAL PLANT


ORANGE OR RED/YELLOW UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


All of our Heliconia are grown from rhizomes from existing and flowering plants in Southern California.  This results in large, very strong growing plants as shown here.  Heliconia schiediana can take sun or part sun, gets to a height of sever to eight feet, and flowers freely in the summer.  It is very cold hardy.  Even if a hard freeze knocks down the leaves, plants usually come back vigorously in the spring.  Flowers are red/yellow or orange/yellow.  We’re putting the 5 gallon size on special.

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

Just mention this blog posting when purchasing to get the discount.  The seventh photo is of a 15 gallon nursery plant.  The blossom photo below is by TS at RPS.  The last photo shows Heliconia plants in a garden.


Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana
Heliconia schiediana Heliconia schiediana blossom TS RPS Heliconia

 

TWO VARIEGATED HIBISCUS
ONE WITH RED FLOWERS, ONE WITH YELLOW


FORM SMALL BUSHES OR TREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


Below I am showing you two different variegated Hibiscus. 

1.  Variegated Hibiscus cooperi - first four photos
2.  Variegated Hibiscus tileaceus hamoe - photos 6 through 10

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL EITHER TYPE BELOW $25

These can be mail ordered but are sort of fragile for traveling and no guarantees can be made at this time.   Blossom photos are c/o Wikipedia.
 
Hibiscus cooperi variegated Hibiscus cooperi variegated Hibiscus cooperi variegated
Hibiscus cooperi variegated Wikipedia commons    
Hibiscus tileaceus variegated mahoe Hibiscus tileaceus variegated mahoe Hibiscus tileaceus variegated mahoe
Hibiscus tileaceus variegated mahoe Hibiscus tileaceus variegated mahoe wikipedia  

 

 

THURSDAY, 14 JANUARY, 2021

  Seed Germination Baggie Technique
SEED GERMINATION
BAGGIE TECHNIQUE

READ NEW ARTICLE
 

 

GASTROCOCOS CRISPA
AKA ACROCOMIA CRISPA



THE CUBAN BELLY PALM
SPINY PINNATE PALM
CENTRAL TRUNK SWOLLEN


Native to various areas of Cuba, this single trunk spiny palm is most known for the prominent bulge in the central trunk as shown here.  The spines on the trunk are variable.  Some older plants seem to lose their spines whereas others keep them.  See the photos below.  I've shown some photos that definitely show the bulge in the trunk.    

Heights can get to over thirty feet, crowns are full, leaves are plumose and overall appearance of the trees are very interesting.  This is a full sun species that can be grown in frost free areas of Southern California.  We probably have some smaller sizes available presently.  BTW, I am old fashioned and really like the old name of Gastrococos crispa.  But, taxonomists have to make a living.  We do offer this species from time to time in small sizes.


Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  
Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  
Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa   Gastrococus crispa aka Acrocomia crispa  

 

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.  Care was taken to remove and small but complete section of the seedling's roots.  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 FEROX
SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



STUNNING RED FEMALE CONE
GREEN HOLLY FERN - LIKE LEAFLETS

The first six photos below are of a 15g Encephalartos ferox at the nursery that has put out an almost "Fire Engine Red" female cone.  I fear the real color is not showing on this Webpage, but it's true red in real life.  This plant is for sale.  The caudex size is 12.5 inches.   I've found that male cones don't have the same intensely red color.  See last photo.  Leaves are green and leaflets are armed with small spines.  Many say the leaves look like a Holly Fern.  Mature, this is a medium sized cycad that likes either filtered light inland or some sun along the coast.   But, it's best not to grow it in full sun anywhere locally as leaves tend to get a lime green color.  Cold hardiness is down to the low 20's F. 

I have shown an assortment of other photos below including a smaller plant at the nursery.   We have a nice assortment of sizes available.  But, only mature, larger plants will cone.

Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox female red cone Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox female red cone
Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox Encephalartos ferox female red cone

 

MULE PALM
BUTIA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE HYBRID PALM
SUPER COLD HARDY - TO ABOUT 16 DEGREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15G SIZE

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

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

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

On special are our squat 15g plants.  They are six to seven feet tall.  They are ready for planting.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SIZE $375
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $300


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


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM



MEDIUM SIZED SINGLE TRUNK PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 15G SIZED PLANTS


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.  Growth rate is medium in most areas and along the coast it likes sun.  This species is hard to find.  We're putting our limited supplies of 15g plants on ten day special.  As you can see from the photos, they are good sized. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G THIS SPECIES $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $195


You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.  Limited supplies available.  CREDITS:  My thanks to TS at RPS for the habitat photos.


Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii
Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii Beccariophoenix alfredii

 

HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII
THE SPINDLE PALM


BULGING TRUNK ABOVE THE GROUND!
MUCH BETTER FOR CO CAL THAN THE BOTTLE PALM!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G SIZE

If you live in Southern California, the chances are 99% that a Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) will die in your garden or look really bad.  They don't tolerate our winter's cold.  But, if you live along the coast, the chances are 75% that you can successfully grow the Spindle Palm - plain and simple.  This species is more cold hardy than the Bottle Palm.  All our plants have been grown from seed at our nursery.  This species cannot be imported from FL because of Agriculture restrictions. 

It does have the bulging trunk, but this bulge is central in the trunk, not at the base.  And, the Spindle Palm is easier to grow, gets taller and has a cigar shaped trunk that is super cool.  Mature height in 25 years is about 15 feet.  Peak height is about 20 feet in many decades.  The mature plants below are very old.  This species loves sun.  Cold hardiness is just below a freeze.  The 25 gallon size shown here are fantastic - very large for their pots with heights overhead. 

REGULAR PRICE 25G $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $465

Just mention this Blog Special for your discount when you purchase


Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschaveltii spindle palm 25g
Hyophorbe verschaveltii spindle palm 25g Hyophorbe verschaveltii spindle palm 25g Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii Hyophorbe verschafeltii

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM

 

MEDIUM SIZE -THINNER TRUNK THAN CANARY
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


I don't know if you've looked for this species, but the Cliff Date Palm is not so easy to find.  It is native to India and is about half the size of the Canary Island Palm in terms of trunk diameter and mature height.  Also, the crown is much smaller.  It is an armed species and has other characteristics of Phoenix like the induplicate leaflets (water held "in" - V shaped ).  But, many think this is the prettiest of all the Date Palms.  It typically gets fifteen to twenty-five feet tall.  The leaves are very pretty and green.  The crown is not overly large.  Leaves curve downwards.  Growth rate is medium, it tolerates full sun and is cold hardy into the mid-twenties or lower.  Shown here are our 15 gallon size which we are putting on sale.
 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $180

Remember to mention this Special for this discount.  The isolated palm in the last row is from Balboa Park, San Diego.


PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA
PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA
PHOENIX RUPICOLA PHOENIX RUPICOLA  

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


LOVES SUN AND HEAT
PLANTS ON SPECIAL SIX FEET TALL

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $80


Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase.


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

 

PRITCHARDIA MINOR 
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM


EASY TO GROW IN OUR AREA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of Pritchardia never gets overly large.  The mature specimen shown in the last row of photos is growing in San Diego and in many years has just reached the roof of a single family home.  I'd estimate you'll get a mature height of ten to fifteen feet in two decades.  Trunk diameter is about eight inches.  Native to the Island of Kauai in HI, this species is quite rare and grows at high elevation in locality.  It tolerates full sun here if you are not too far inland.  Cold tolerance is about 26 to 27 degrees.  The last two pictures of this fruiting tree were taken by KM.  We presently have a limited number of good sized five gallon plants on special.  We may have larger and smaller sizes available. 

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

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

Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor
Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor
Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor Pritchardia minor

 

DYPSIS CARLSMITHII
ORIGINALLY CALLED "DYPSIS STUMPY"

 

ATTRACTIVE AND DIFFERENT SINGLE TRUNK MADAGASCAR PALM
MEDIUM HEIGHT - THICK TRUNK
SALE OF 5 GALLON SIZE

The original specimen of this species was found in the garden of the now-late Don Carlsmith on the Big Island, HI.  Friend Jeff Marcus grew this species from seeds of this single plant and, thirty years ago, referred to it as Dypsis "Stumpy".  With the assistance of John Dransfield at Kew Gardens in the U.K., it was later given the name of Dypsis carlsmithii.

This is a medium sized, crown shafted pinnate palm with upright leaves that are green and arch at their ends.  Leaves are keeled and the crown shaft is green with hints of orange.  It was called "stumpy" by Jeff because the trunk is thick compared to many other Dypsis.  Trunks are ringed and 12 to 14 inches thick.  Mature height is twenty feet and it wants part day or full sun along the coast.  Cold tolerance is into the upper 20's F.  Nowadays, the only source of seeds for this species is domestic seeds so availability is very limited.  We are putting a small number of 5 gallon on sale.  The seventh photo is by Ryan Gallivan c/o PACSOA. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $100 

 

Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii 
Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis carlsmithii 
Dypsis_carlsmithii by Ryan Galivan PACSOA  Dypsis carlsmithii  Dypsis stumpy carlsmithii 

 

PRITCHARDIA LOWERYANA
RARE TROPICAL FAN PALM OF HAWAII



MEDIUM HEIGHT, PLEATED FLAT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This extremely rare single trunk tropical fan palm is native to the Island of Molokai, HI.  Mature, it is a medium sized palm that gets 15 to 20 feet tall and has a think trunk.  Leaves are green, top and bottom, and leaves are divided about 50% from their perimeter and are strongly pleated.  It has a cold hardiness of somewhere in the upper 20's F.  It wants sun or part sun right on the coast.  In desert areas I'd recommend strong filtered light.  This species is almost impossible to find on the U.S. mainland.  We're offering 5 gallon on sale.

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special when buying.

Pritchardia loweryana Pritchardia loweryana Pritchardia loweryana
Pritchardia loweryana Pritchardia loweryana Pritchardia loweryana
  Pritchardia loweryana  

 

BASSELINIA PANCHERI
COLORFUL SINGLE TRUNK NEW CALEDONIA PALM

UNDERSTORY PALM UNDER TEN FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This single trunk understory palm is native to New Caledonia and quite rare to find available.  It gets to a height of about 8 feet, has very wide leaflets with leaves that point upwards.  The crown shaft is colorful, dark and sometimes purple in color.  It can have striations.  Trunk width is 3 to 4 inches.  It wants filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze.  It is slow growing.  Most of the mature photos below are from habitat.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95

Remember to mention this Special.

Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri
Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri
Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri Basselinia pancheri

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM


PROPAGATED USUALLY ONLY BY DIVISIONS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


This is a suckering dwarf to semi-dwarf simple leaf palm that is native to Mexico.  It suckers, rarely gets over six feet tall, has short petioles and has small, entire leaves as shown here.   The leaf surface is a bit wavy and sometimes a bit of a  mottled green color.  And, the new stems emerging do so in a totally different fashion.  It is called "stolinifera" because it forms new "stolons".  These are vegetative stems that emerge from the base of an older trunk.  They then shoot laterally, sometimes below the soil's surface, to reappear a short distance from the mother stem.  They look like "snakes" going over the soil surface, sometimes diving into the dirt to root.  This ability to shoot out new stolons often creates a very wide mature clump.

Stems are a quarter inch thick.  This is a filtered light species with a cold hardiness into the low 20's F.  This species is native to mountainous areas in Mexico at about 2500 feet.  It's a great garden species.  People are easily growing it in San Francisco and cooler areas.  We usually propagate vegetatively as hardly ever are seeds available.  I highly recommend this species.  

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special.

Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera
Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera Chamaedorea stolinifera

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

 

VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE 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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

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

 

DYPSIS LASTELLIANA
THE RED NECK PALM



NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING SIZE

This species of single trunk Madagascar palm is often mixed up with  Dypsis leptocheilos, an ideal palm species for Southern California.  Dypsis lastelliana, which is a near identical species, is a bigger single trunk species with a very similar red, fuzzy crown shaft.  But, it is harder to grow because it is less cold tolerant.  It gets to a height of about 25 feet and has a thicker trunk with upright longer green leaves.  It would do best in the sun and is cold hardy down to perhaps a freeze.  It is also slower growing than the Teddy Bear Palm.  For the best locations in So Cal, it can be grown.  There's one at the Catamaran Hotel in Pacific Beach in San Diego that's been alive for years.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase.

Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana
Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana
Dypsis lastelliana mead Dypsis lastelliana Dypsis lastelliana

 

BRAHEA MOOREI AVAILABLE
THE DWARF ROCK PALM


SUPER RARE - SOUGHT AFTER MEXICAN FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


Shown below are 2 year old juvenile seedlings of the super rare and hard to find Brahea moorei.  The seeds for these plants came from a fruiting tree in San Diego County.  They were very slow to germinate and these seedlings are 24 months old.   We're putting them on sale.  Some are on their fifth or sixth leaf.OME ARE O

This is a very small, dwarf species with overall height of four to six feet.  Leaves are near fully circular with deeply divided segments.  The underside of the leaves are brilliantly white and often you'll see a white color on the dorsal segment margins.  The garden specimens are c/o PalmPedia (C.W.) and PACSOA.  Culturally, you can grow this in strong filtered light, part day sun or possibly full sun along the coast.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F.  It is very slow growing.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE $50


Brahea moorei Brahea moorei Brahea moorei
Brahea moorei Brahea moorei Brahea moorei Charles Wychget PalmPedia
Brahea moorei PalmPedia Brahea moorei Pacsoa  

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM



VERY POPULAR, EASY TO GROW
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND 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 band size with an age of about 2-3 years from seed. They tolerate full sun along the coast and are cold hardy into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis Dypsis onilahensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL:  BAND SIZE

This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  I say this because some people don't like spines and prickles.  The leaflets of this species are narrow with only a point at the end.  The leaves and crown are very neat and uniform.  The nearest species to this one is Encephalartos princeps.  Trunks 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 sometimes strongly curled.  On occasion, they'll almost do a 180 or more degree re-curve.  Leaf color in sun 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 are the band size which we're putting on sale.  Plants have three, sometimes four leaves.  These are a piece of cake to ship, but only within the U.S.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55

 
Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni
Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS   

This species very rare blue cycad is endemic to the Limpopo province, South Africa.  It can be found at high elevations in the mountains (around one thousand meters), in low deciduous forest and precipitous slopes and cliff (in partial and full sun).  The species is almost gone in the wild, populations are small and scattered.  It is among the species located in the Transvaal region of South Africa, and is highly sought after. 

This is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants.  As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a blue/green color to a powdery white and everything in-between.  The leaflets and petioles are mildly armed and can be almost completely unarmed in some cases. 


Plant
Size: This This cycad is a small to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants.  As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a blue/green color to a powdery white and everything in-between.  In coastal and inland areas, this plant prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial sun.  For desert areas, I could recommend partial sun or filtered light.  We are offering strong seedlings in band containers at a discount.  The last row of photos shows larger nursery plants.


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $95

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


Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus
Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus

 

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD


LARGE CITRUS POT PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

Among cycad enthusiasts, this species is known as a rare Mexican cycad that is difficult to find.  What we are offering on special are very old citrus pot plants with caudex size of 3 to 4 inches!  This species is sun loving and cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  It is native to Mexico.  The plants shown here are from seeds we got about ten years ago. It grows at a medium rate.  It is known for the fact that it has long and upright leaves.  Leaf color is blue green and leaflets are armed with spines.  These can be mail ordered in a medium sized box quite easily.  Caudex sizes are around 4 inches.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT $325
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE CIT POT $250

I only have a few of these.  You must mention this special when purchasing to get these prices. These plants are very large for their pots.

Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii
Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii Dioon holmgrenii

 

GREEN HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA GLAUCA



HARD TO FIND GREEN FORM OF TI PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

Frequently we advertise colorful Ti Plants for sale.  But, there is a plain green form.  Surprisingly, it is hard to find.  It's the plant that hula dancers from Hawaii seek out.  They like filtered light and get to about five feet tall.  The 5 gallons are summer repotted plants that would make a fine addition to the garden or serve as a tropical patio plant.  These can be shipped.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

Cordyline green Ti Plant Cordyline green Ti Plant Cordyline green Ti Plant
Cordyline green Ti Plant Cordyline green Ti Plant  

  

TASMANIAN TREE FERN
DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA


SLOW GROWING TREE FERN
WILL GET TO A MEDIUM HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of Tree Fern is native to various localities in Eastern Australia.  It doesn't get as tall as the Australian Tree Fern above and is much slower growing.  Trunk diameter is a bit smaller as well.  Mature height domestically is usually 10 to 15 feet although specimens in the wild are much taller.  Leaves are green, four to six feet long and the trunk has old attached and furry leaf bases that gradually fall off.  This species like strong filtered light of part day sun.  It enjoys ample water and is cold hardy into the 20's F.  We're putting nice 5 gallon plants on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $65
SALES PRICE THIS SIZE $50


Remember to mention this Blog Special to get this price when you purchase.

Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica
Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica
Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica Tasmanian Tree Fern Dicksonia antarctica

  

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!


DWARF TREE THAT BLOSSOMS CONTINUALLY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE

In the past I introduced you to this interesting and super rare plant from Brazil.  This species in unique because it grows in the shade, never gets over about eight feet tall, blossoms in the shade and never stops blossoming.  Yes, in the dead of winter you'll see red blossoms.  And, these trees are prolific.  A garden plant will have twenty to thirty blossoms.  This species is an open appearing plant with foliage and blossoms at the ends of its small trunks.  Blossom size is two to three inches in length.  Pictures here show them quite well.  This species is also very difficult to find.  I’m offering 18 month old 5 gallons on special.  They are a good growing plant but, remember, never get very big. 

REGULAR PRICE FIVE GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


Just mention this Blog Only Special for your discount when you purchase.

Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora
Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora Pavonia multiflora

 

 

 

MONDAY, 11 JANUARY, 2021

 

ASSORTED BROMELIADS
NEW ARRIVALS ALL THE TIME

MANY VARIETIES AND COLORS
SOME FOR SHADE - OTHERS FOR SUN

Over time we continually get in new types and varieties of Bromeliads.  These include  Aechmea, Neorogelias, Vriesia, Tillandsia and others.   Some are designed for full sun while others prefer filtered light.  Many colors of the rainbow are available.  At any given time we have probably over 3 dozen different species at the nursery.  We invite all to drop in to see our Bromeliads.  We  have a lot more than shown here.

Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Bromeliads assorted Assorted bromeliads Assorted bromeliads
Bromeliads assorted Vriesea Assorted bromeliads
Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted Bromeliads assorted
Vriesea maroon shadow Vriesea hybrid Aechmea hybrid
Aechmea Aechmea Aechmea blossom
Aechmea Aechmea orange ade Aechmea
Aechmea gamosepala Aechmea species Aechmea species
Neorogelia donger Clustering Neorogelia Neorogelia voodoo

 

PHOTOS OF ASSORTED CYCADS AROUND THE NURSERY


LOTS OF SPECIES
LOTS OF SIZES - SMALL TO BIG
ALMOST ALL SHIPPABLE
LARGEST CAN BE DELIVERED


The purpose of this post is to show the diversity of species and sizes of cycads we offer at Jungle Music.  Recently we've taken an assortment of photos of plants in stock.  We offer about 175 species or varieties of cycads for sale.  And, these are in sizes from seedlings to massive fifty to one hundred year old plants.  We literally over ten thousand cycads to choose from. 

All can be shipped or delivered to anywhere within the U.S.  Included are small mature species as well as species that get very large over time.  And, species both for sun or shade.  Some will even tolerate a good amount of cold weather.  We can guide you on your selection.  But, trust that we have the plants that can add these rare and endangered cycads to your garden or collection.  We've been told we have one of the most complete and diverse offering of rare cycads anywhere within the United States.


Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Encephalartos species Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos senticosus
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Encephalartos transvenosus Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos whitelockii
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery
Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery Assorted Cycads at Jungle Music Nursery

 

BUTIA YATAY
A VERY COLD TOLERANT BLUE-GREEN BUTIA

 

TALLEST SPECIES OF THE GENUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15G PLANT

We were very lucky to obtain a very nice 15g of this species that is large for its container.  This species is a single trunk plant that is blue or blue-green in color.  It is native to Southern Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, is the tallest Butia and has the longest leaves and biggest crown.  A well grown Butia capitata gets to about an average of 20 feet height.  Butia yatay reaches close to 40 feet by report.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F. and is felt to be equal to B. capitata.  Leaf color is similar, many times blue in color.  As this is a species not commonly found or grown, there are very few pictures available of mature plants.  Shown are two photos from habitat by Gaston Tores c/o PACSOA.  This plant is on sale and is too large for mail order.  It is shown in the first five photos.  The sixth photo is a 5g plant that we previously offered.  From time to time we do have smaller shippable plants available.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $200

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


Butia yatay 15g large Butia yatay Butia yatay
Butia yatay Butia yatay
Butia yatay by Gaston Tores Butia yayay Gaton Tores   

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX MADAGASCARENSIS
MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE MADAGASCAR PALM



SINGLE TRUNK - GREEN LEAVES
SALE ON 20 GALLON PLANTS

It took over a decade for taxonomists to figure out how many species of Beccariophoenix there were in Madagascar.  Thirty years ago there were felt to be two.  They were distinguished by the presence or absence of "windows" in the juvenile leaves and for quite a while were referred to as "windows" and "no-windows" species by collectors.  A third species was subsequently found in the High Plateau area of Madagascar.  This newer species has been named Beccariophoenix alfredii. 

Beccariophoenix madagascarensis is the original "no windows" species and is a single trunk green palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has leaves that are green, upright and about ten feet long.  A full crown has about a a dozen such leaves.  There is no crown shaft and the trunk is about 16 inches in width.  Although not overly tall, the crown of leaves is full.  It wants full sun and has a cold tolerance in the 25 to 28 degree F. range.  I know of multiple specimens here in the San Diego area.  It has been quite difficult nowadays to find with the lack of importation of Madagascar seeds into the U.S.

We have a limited number of 20 gallon plants.  We're putting them on sale.  The large palm below is by Daryl Occonor via PACSOA.


REGULAR PRICE 20 GALLON $350
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $275

Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Beccariophoenix madagascarensis
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis  Beccariophoenix madagascarensis  Beccariophoenix madagascarensis 
Beccariophoenix madagascarensis  Beccariophoenix madagascarensis  Beccariophoenix madagascarensis Daryl Oconnor PACSOA 

 

EUTERPE EDULIS
TALL, SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM



EXOTIC AND TROPICAL APPEARING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 

Euterpe edulis is a fun palm to grow because it is super attractive, has a narrow trunk and a beautiful, smooth crown shaft.  I have had several in my garden.  On mine, the crown shafts were a purple-green color but it's more common to see them as a lime green.  Maximum height is about thirty feet with about a four inch thick trunk.  Leaves tend to arch down and leaf color is green.  This species likes to start in filtered light and work its way into full sun along the coast.  It's cold hardy into the upper twenties F.  Anticipate a plant life of about thirty years.  Also of note is the fact that the hearts of this palm are edible and a delicacy in many areas.   

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $80

Remember to mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this price.  The last photo is c/o Wikipedia.


Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis Euterpe edulis
EUTERPE EDULIS EUTERPE EDULIS EUTERPE EDULIS Wikipedia

 

CHAMAEDOREA GEONOMIFORMIS
SINGLE TRUNK, DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM

 

PREFERS FILTERED LIGHT – NEVER TALL
SIMPLE UNDIVIDED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This species has a native distribution that spreads from Southern Mexico down throughout Central America.  There are some minor differences in plants from the various areas.  Chamaedorea geonomiformis is single trunk and has a simple, bifed leaf as shown here.  It's mature height ranges from two feet up to about five feet tall.  When trying to identify this species, particularly look at the leaf size, shape, length and width.  You'll note that the leaves of this species are longer than they are wide.  Compare this species to C. ernesti-agusti which has wider leaves.  Leaf color is green.  Vertical growth is slow.  We only have a few of these for sale.  I'd estimate cold hardiness into the upper teens perhaps but most assuredly to the mid-twenties.  These plants were grown from seeds from Don Hodel’s personal plants.  This species does not like direct sun.

Also, be aware that this is a rare and desirable species and seldom seen for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

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


 
Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g
Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g Chamaedorea geonomiformis Chamaedorea geonomiformis 2g

 

CHAMAEROPS CERIFERA
THE BLUE CHAMAEROPS


SEMI-DWARF MATURE SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This suckering fan palm in native to Morocco in northern Africa and is often as wide as it is tall.  It doesn't get typically as tall as Chamaerops humilus and has a strong blue color when in sun.  Typical mature height is usually six to eight feet.  It does sucker freely.  It loves full hot sun and tolerates cold temperatures to about 15 degrees F.  So, it's a great palm for folks in super cold areas.  It also grows well in the desert.  Shown here are the band size that we have put on special.  These are a simple mail order item.  The 5 gallon on sale below were grown in a cold and far inland area and have seen all of the outdoor elements.  They can be easily mail ordered.  Most have mature leaves and are suckering as shown.  I'm also shwing the larger box size which we have from time to time.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special! The last photo is by TS at RPS.

 
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera
Chamaerops cerifera TS RPS  

 

SABAL YAPA
A DIFFERENT APPEARING SABAL SPECIES


PRONOUNCED COSTOPALMATE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This hard to find species of Sabal is native to Cuba, Mexico and some areas in Central America.  As the specimen photos below show, it has an unusual appearance for a Sabal.  The leaves are very arched and wispy - a pronounced version of the costopalmate leaf.  The latter is a leaf form half way between the typical fan palm leaf and a pinnate leaf.  Note how different these leaves appear compared to the typically very flat fan leaf of say a Bismarckia palm. 

Mature heights can be over forty feet.  Trunks retain old leaf bases that later fall off.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy (estimated) into the low 20's F.  We have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $7
5

remember to mention this Blog Only Special.  My thanks to TS at RPS for the first garden photo below.

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Sabal yapa 5g Sabal yapa 5g Sabal yapa 5g
Sabal yapa TS RPS Sabal yapa Sabal yapa

 

DYPSIS HETEROMORPHA
HIGHLAND SUGAR CANE PALM


MEDIUM SIZED SUCKERING MADAGASCAR PALM
TRISTICHOUS ARRANGEMENT OF THE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

This relatively recent introduction to the palm market is from Madagascar.  It is a suckering palm that gets to a height of about twelve feet with 4 inch thick trunks.  Leaves are green, keeled and recurved at their ends.  The proximal leaf stems and the crown shaft are covered with red colored hairs.  Leaflets are thin and prominently veined.  It is a sun palm along the coast and has a cold hardiness below a freeze, probably into the upper twenties F.  Most enthusiasts have found this palm to be a good grower.  The garden specimen below is from the garden of Matt Bradford, La Mesa, CA.  All garden photos by him.

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

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Dypsis heteromorpha Dypsis heteromorpha Dypsis heteromorpha Matt Bradford
Dypsis heteromorpha Matt Bradford Dypsis heteromorpha Matt Bradford Dypsis heteromorpha Matt Bradford

   

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM



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

This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Mexico and parts of Central America.  It can get up to a height of 25 feet but most garden specimens are under 15 feet.  Two things are quite noteworthy:  First, the undersides of the leaves are a silver-white.  A picture below of a nursery plant shows this.  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.  The garden photo by Tobias Spanner shows a near mature tree.  You have to have an overhead crown of leaves to really see the silver color.  The last photo is a 15g plant at the nursery.

REGULAR 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $80

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase
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Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
Cryosophila stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha TS Rps Cryosophila stauracantha

 

JOHANNISTEIJSMANNIA ALTIFRONS
THE JOEY PALM



LARGE, UNDIVIDED FAN TYPE LEAVES
EXTREMELY RARE AND HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This stunning single trunk palm is native to Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra.  Although from tropical areas, some have grown it successfully in Southern California.  It has a large pleated and undivided leaf as shown below.  Leaves are green in color.  Another species, J. magnifica, has silver undersides to its leaves.  On the Joey Palm, the undersides are green.  Leaves are diamond shaped.  Mature height in the tropics is over 15 feet tall.  It wants a frost free filtered light location.  Winter protection from a frost is needed.  We can ship this size.  I cannot comment on growing it as a houseplant because of lack of experience.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special!  The 8th photo is c/o TS at RPS.

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Johannesteijsmannia altifrons Johannesteijsmannia altifrons Johannisteijsmannia altifrons
Johannisteijsmannia altifrons Johannesteijsmannia altifrons by RPS - TS Johannisteijsmannia altifrons

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS
AKA "BECCARIOPHOENIX WINDOWS"



LARGER PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL RARELY SEEN 5G SIZE

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.  Estimated cold hardiness is into the mid and perhaps lower 20's F.  The species we're putting on special is the 5g size of the "windows" variety, B. fenestralis.  You'll not see these around hardly at all in Southern California.  This "windows" form has leaf openings, similar to small window panes, in the leaf - between the leaflets.  With time these disappear and it becomes a pinnate palm.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS RARE PALM $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $95

Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount when you buy. 
The last photo is c/o Wikipedia.


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Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix wikipedia

 

RHAPIS MULTIFIDA – HUMILIS HYBRID
A UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL RHAPIS CROSS

(RHAPIS MULTIFIDA X HUMILIS) X MULTIFIDA
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

 
This is a unique and peculiar hybrid between two different species of Rhapis.  Rhapis multifida and humilis are both native to China.  R. multifida is usually a plant with a mature height of about eight feet whereas R. humilis can get over 20 feet tall.  Both species have narrow trunks, a large number of pointed (tip) leaflets are are super ornamental.  Nurserymen often confuse true humilus with R. multifida..  Both are filtered light plants although R. humilus will tolerate coastal sun.  Both have cold hardiness into the low 20's F.

A long time friend of mine, Louis Hooper, began hybridizing Rhapis about twenty years ago.  The hybrid I'm showing here is one of his crosses.  I don't have a mature picture of this cross.  Probably a photo doesn't exist.  The plants on special are in the 2 gallon size.  We only have a couple of these.  They can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON THIS RARE HYBRID $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 2 GALLON HYBRID $75

BTW, Luis is no longer doing his Rhapis work and these crosses may never be seen again.

Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida
Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida Rhapis (multifida x humilis) x multifida

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1 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 – one gallon size.  They are about 3 to 4 years old.  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. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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

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

 

KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM


NATIVE TO NEW CALEDONIA
THIN TRUNK - VERY ELEGANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm native to New Caledonia.  Many feel it's the prettiest species of this genus.  It gets to a height of about 40 feet or more and has a thin trunk.  Leaves are upright, green and arched.  They are keeled and green in color.  The crown shaft is a copper color, covered with a white wax.  It can be grown in some sun, depending on where you live.  It's probably best to start it in bright filtered light and let it work its way into overhead sun.  Growth rate is good, comparable or faster than K. oliviformis.  Cold tolerance is down to about a freeze.

This is an extremely difficult species to find for sale nowadays.  I only have an excellent selection of band sized plants.  This is an extremely rare species and we rarely have them for sale.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45


Remember  to mention this Blog Special when you purchase to get this discount.  Photos of large plant below by TS at RPS.


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Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis
Kentiopsis pyriformis TS RPS Kentiopsis pyriformis Kentiopsis pyriformis

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD


EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS


This is a rare green cycad from China.  It is different than the Sago Palm - smaller and, to me, more attractive.  Leaf color is green to blue green.  It tolerates coastal sun and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  Some feel it's one of the most cold hardy cycads in the world - even better than the Sago Palm.  Mature height should be about eight feet.  They can sucker, but much less than the Sago.  Leaflets are narrow without armor except on the tips (pointed).  

The 15 gallon plants shown have caudexes in the four to five inch range.  We also have larger and smaller plants for sale.  The special is for the size shown (as cycads are sold by caudex size, not pot size).

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CAUDEX $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $340