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Jungle Music Nursery Rare Palm Tree, Cycad &Tropical Plants Nursery Tour
Selection of Rare and Exotic Plant Species
San Diego County
Welcome to Jungle Music, a Southern California
Palm Tree, Cycad and Tropical Plant Nursery. Our nursery was started
in 1977 and specializes in palm trees, cycads and tropical plants.
We trust that, after you read this and visit the nursery, you'll
understand why many feel the Jungle Music is the best source for unusual plants in Southern
OF THE NURSERY BEGAN IN SAN DIEGO, MOVED TO ENCINITAS, CA
Our origin began as a
"backyard nursery" in 1977 in San
Diego. It was a one-man
operation. Because we needed more room to display plant
1994 I conducted a
search for the perfect location for our nursery. This led us to the coastal town of
Encinitas, about 25 miles north of San Diego.
We found an
ideal location minutes off Freeway 5 and about a quarter mile from
the ocean. The photo shows the entrance to our nursery.
Encinitas has always been known as a
friendly small town with beautiful beaches and a friendliness to the
agricultural industry. Like so many
flower and plant nurseries in Encinitas, ours
is neatly and privately nestled
in a quaint residential area. We moved our
inventory to the new location. So, in 1995, our
new address became 450 Ocean View Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024. The photo to the right of my son and I was taken the first year we
were at our new location. Over time we've added shade areas,
an education center, and additional greenhouses. This included
over a mile of wooden tables to display the plants. With our
expansion, we grew to presently have over a quarter million plants
for sale (all sizes) of over 1200 species. This
includes everything from small starter plants to large specimens.
Over time the nursery further
expanded and now our nursery occupies about
2.5 acres including additional growing areas. Customers have
been amazed at our expansion and improvements over the years. One of the plants that traveled north with us
from San Diego to
the new location is this one hundred year old Dioon merolae
seen to the right.
WHY OUR NURSERY IS
DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS
We Propagate Our Own Plants:
Most nurseries and chain
stores do not propagate the plants they
sell. They merely buy in material or broker
plants from distant areas, often out of state or
from tropical areas. This is the case
with well over half of the nurseries you might
are often not acclimated or used to our local
weather and tend to do poorly and have a
high mortality rate in this area. We usually
germinate and grow most of our own plant material
locally. Our plants get used to our
local sun and weather conditions. We've also
customers uniformly have great results with our
Our Website Was
a First Website on Palms and Cycads - And Now Is
One of the Biggest:
In the year 1995,
one of the very
first websites in the world that dealt with palm
trees and cycads. It started
small and rudimentary but has also improved and
expanded tremendously over the years. It
includes well over a hundred articles on the plants
and the nursery and has over 20,000 photographs.
It has specific articles on plant species and
current Sales Plants. And, it is improved and updated almost daily.
Many tens of thousands of man hours have been
spent on it. And, at the time of writing
this Tour, almost twelve million visitors
have been to our Site and it hosts more pictures
and articles on palms than any other commercial
palm nursery site.
We Offer a Huge
Selection with Many Sizes of Plants:
We offer one of the largest selections
of palms and cycads of any nursery in Southern
California. You'll find species offered
have received hundreds of thousands of seeds from
all over the world and have an active,
pro-conservation propagation plan.
visit us, you'll see plants of all sizes and ages
from new seedlings to big boxed specimens.
You'll see our seed germination areas. We
have tens of thousands of young seedlings giving a
choice of plants almost anyone can afford.
And, 99% of these are locally grown and
We Offer the Most Rare and Unusual Species:
Presently we offer over 1200 species of
plants for sale. For a new person to plants, coming to our
nursery can be a bit intimidating. This is because we offer so
many diverse species of plants in many size. Customers are
used to a nursery with about five or ten
choices - that's all. With many hundreds of choices, such a customer almost always needs help. And, we are experts
at giving assistance to them. Our design and cultural advice
is always available when you visit the nursery.
Seeds to Produce Out Plants:
For a nursery to do what we do, it has to
actively germinate seeds.
And, this we do - by the thousands every year. We then spend many years
new seedlings up to the sizes that people want.
here show flats
of seeds waiting for germination. To the
right is a bucket of newly germinated and healthy rare species of Archontophoenix
one year after germination.
We Offer Plants from
Seedling Stage to Large Specimens
As mentioned, we sell plants of all sizes. Our smallest
are seedlings or "band" sized plants. Larger from there
include one gallon, two gallon, five gallon and 15 to 35 gallon
plants or 24 inch
boxes. Our larger plants are typically grown outdoors. These sizes are
typically instantly ready for planting. Photos here show an
assortment of sizes. you
purchase a 30 inch
Our Cultural Expertise and Help
Selecting the Right Plants:
As a group of plant experts, we
have over one hundred years
of joint plant experience among the staff.
any of our staff can assist you in
finding the right species of plants for your
garden. It doesn't matter what type of plants you like, we'll
most likely have someone very knowledgeable on those plants. If we don't
have the plants you seek, we can usuaslly give you a referral to
a reputable other nursery. We also offer a consultation
service where one of our staff can visit you home and make
suggestions for the right plants to try.We offer free design and species consultations at our Nursery.
WE ARE A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS
Although the nursery was started by Phil, almost every
member of his family has participated over time in the nursery's growth and success.
This includes his son Jesse and wife Mitzi. . We also have a staff
of about nine well-educated plant people that help with sales and support
of the nursery.
Many Sizes of Plants to Choose From - Up to Large, Overhead Specimens:
Our present inventory includes
rare and unusual species of palm trees, cycads, tropical plants and some
succulents. We concentrate on plant sizes that people can
lift and plant without heavy equipment.
For those who want crane
sized material, we have several associates that we work with closely and
can provide and have delivered plants up to thirty feet tall. We do
offer a delivery service for plants that won't fit into your car or
truck. But, for most customers, delivery is not needed.
We load your vehicle for you.
Species Diversity, Unusually and
Seldom Seen Species and Plant Quality:
and quality of our plants is second to none. We grow about 1200
different species and have a quarter million plants available for sale.
This includes plants for shade and sun - plants
that stay short and plants that get tall - plants that are rare or common
- and trees that will take your breath away.
And, we offer
information on anything you buy! Also, the greenhouses are not heated, so
our plants tend to be very durable.
Photos of Some Nursery Plants:
DO YOU HAVE TO KNOW
EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU VISIT US?
No - How We Make Selecting Your Plants Easy
You don't have to study up before you visit us. When you visit, we'll ask you a
few simple questions about where you live, your sun exposure, what you're
trying to accomplish, etc. Then, with those answers and after
getting a feel for what you are trying to accomplish, we'll recommend
the right choices for you in a variety of
sizes available. Your
information guides both of us to the perfect selections for
your garden. We can show you photos of mature specimens of
the plants you like. You
then look at our plants and select those that you
like. If needed, we can sketch out a design
layout for your garden. Once your purchase plants, we
willingly and happily load up your car or deliver them
Our Experience and Knowledge Benefits You: Jointly, our staff has well over a hundred years experience
in assisting customers and
enthusiasts with their plants and plant
selections. We all go out of our way to make
sure you are satisfied with your plants and know how to grow them.
We are proud
can answer almost any question asked of us. And we
specifically tailor our advice to your garden's location and
your personal needs. Hopefully, after visiting our
nursery, you'll have a good idea of what you bought, how to grow it, and
the conditions needed for each plant.
Why Most of Our Customers
Return For More Plants an Average of Five Times
This is because of our plant knowledge, our selection
of rare species, our plant quality and our assistance to the
customers. It's no surprise that our
average customer returns five times to select plants.
unique thing about our nursery is that, if you get a good number
of plants, we almost always offer the customer a discount.
OUR REPUTATION AND
What Others Say About Us and Some of Our Clients
We've been lucky. We have a
loyal following of customers and have, over the years,
gotten great press releases and reviews.
Articles or Mentions about Jungle
Music have appeared in
such notable publications like Sunset Magazine, Sunset
Garden Book, Garden Compass
Magazine, the Reader, Coastal Living, Martha Stewart
Living, the Los Angeles Times, American Express Black Ink,
the San Diego Magazine, Where on Earth, the San Diego Tribune, the Miami
Herald, the San Diego Evening News on NBC and we've been discussed by many local radio stations.
And, this is only a partial list. Also,
We were also
named by the San Diego Insider as one of the top two
nurseries in San Diego County to visit and by the San Diego
Reader as one of the top San Diego Nurseries!
Local plant societies have had us do many
presentations to their groups over the years.
Notable Customers over
the years has included the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Lego
Land, Sea World, the LA Arboretum, Disneyland, Disney
Productions, the Huntington Gardens,
Denver and Missouri Botanical Gardens and many other
institutions and botanical gardens across the country. And, this doesn't include our many tens
of thousands of satisfied customers. All these
references, entities and people can't have it wrong.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
We were probably one of the
first nurseries in the country back in 1977 that
specialized in unusual palms. When our nursery
started, there were only a handful of palm species
for sale in almost all nurseries. Over time we
offer over 800 species of exotic
palmsthat can potentially be grown by many here in
Southern California. Also, we actively ship
palms nationwide every week, even to more tropical
areas like south Florida.
below are a few of the extensive selection of rare
Cycads are a type of water
conserving plant that's history dates back 200
million years to the age of the dinosaurs.
They are often considered to be the "gems" of a
botanical garden's plant collection. They are
slow growing and ten to never get overly large.
But, there are dwarf species as well as tall trunking species.
Finally, they are among the
most coveted, most rare and most threatened plants
on this planet. This means that it's not easy
to find a source for purchasing cycads.
We've been offering
customers rare cycads for over forty years. What
this means to you is that we have a vast offering of
plants from young seedlings on up to very old,
mature, coning sized plants. Few nursery can
offer these larger sizes. And, almost
all of our cycads are well rooted in their pots. With larger plants,
aware that most of our larger plants are suited for
immediate usage in your garden or project. At the
seedling end of the spectrum,
we offer several thousand plants of many species.
This includes almost all the genera. And on
the in-between plants, we have
scores of 5g, citrus
pot or 15 gallon plants.
I would also like
you to know that multiple times every year we are
acquiring established private
collections of typically
old cycads. This is most often the result of a
collector moving out of the state or a long term
enthusiast passing away. Although this is a
sad thing, we consider that we are finding new homes for
these protected plants. This provides another
old and rare cycads that we can offer to you, the
cycad customer. Obviously, obtaining
collections is variable over time. At our home page you can see the
recent collections acquired.
I have included links here to these two recently
acquired collections. Just click on the
banners shown here.
Below are some photos of many species of
our rare and different cycads.
COLORFUL COMPANION PLANTS AND TREES
lots of types of tropical plants and trees that one
can select for their garden. This includes
small colorful companion plants, medium sized bushes
plants and overhead trees. Below are
photographs of plants we have available (inventory
does change) at the nursery.
We have quite a few
video presentations of the garden and the plants.
The banner and link below will take you to a short YouTube video
from March, 2019 showing some of our growing
areas, palms, cycads and colorful plants. It's
narrated by Jesse Bergman. Check it out if you have the time
by clicking on the photo below. And, below is
a link to all of our short videos.
This certainly has been a
comprehensive tour of all aspects of our nursery.
I've done this because I'd like to gain you as a
customer. I can guarantee you that you'll like
the plants that you see, we offer very fair prices
and have the largest and most rare inventory of
palms, cycads and exotics tropical plants around.
We take very good care of our customers. If
you have any questions or inquiries, please call me
or email me. My email link address is at the
bottom of this page.
Freeway Close. Take Freeway 5 to Encinitas
(10 minutes south of Oceanside, 30 minutes north of San Diego).
Exit Leucadia Blvd West (toward ocean).
Immediate left on Orpheus Ave, left on Union St,
Right on Ocean View Ave to Nursery, which is at 450 Ocean View Ave