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KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


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 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 a nice 25g plant along with other sizes.  You'll notice that the leaf color in the sun is blue-green in a way.  It is certainly not a lime green color.  Also, some new leaves may emerge with a hint of red color.  Growth rate is good.  We have a reasonable assortment of all sizes although our larger plants are almost sold out.  This species is highly recommended. 

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kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS Kentiopsis oliviformis kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
Kentiopsis oliviformis Kentiopsis oliviformis kENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS

 

PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI
THE SOUTH AMERICAN "COCONUT PALM"

 

TALL SUN PALM – SUPER ATTRACTIVE
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15 GALLON

This morning I thought I'd talk about this South American palm and include a fair amount of information.  I'm doing this because I've found there is often confusion with the genus "Parajubaea".  I included the common name of "South American Coconut" for this genus because the new palm enthusiast will most likely forget these long winded scientific names. I particularly want to emphasize P. torallyi because I think it's such a great plant and easy to grow.  It has two forms as described below.

Parajubaeas are all from South America.  About twenty-five years ago the genus was "reborn" with the importation of seeds of various species from habitat.  Enthusiasts had to learn more because they had "new plants" in front of them.  Also, this gave palm people the opportunity to grow all of the species.  There are three species and one sub-variety.  These are Parajubaea cocoides, sunkha, and torallyi.  Parajubaea torallyi has a sub-variety named P. torallyi variety microcarpa.  P. cocoides has historically been the species that people have grown for the longest period.  This species is a bit different appearing than all the others with greener leaves and slower growth.  The other three types of Parajubaeas began their notoriety when seeds began being imported.  The seeds are very large (hence the term "Coconut"), shaped like a Coconut seed in a way, and some have the most peculiar wings or flanges at the end. 

Of these three other species, all are easier to grow and faster than P. cocoides.  Long term survival has also been better in California.  All are from high elevation in the Andes in Bolivia.  P. torallyi comes from elevations of up to ten thousand feet and has been reported to be the "highest elevation palm tree in the world".  Cold tolerance of these three later species is excellent, with some surviving into the upper teens F.  All have a somewhat silver-green leaf and leaflets.  All have a husky trunk.  To compare these palms, here's a synopsis.  

Parajubaea torallyi:  Tallest of the three, up to fifty feet.  Husky trunk averaging 18 inches.  Largest seed of the group.  Fast growing in the ground.
Parajubaea torallyi variety microcarpa:  Smaller than regular torallyi, trunk height to 30 perhaps 40 feet, thinner trunk, smaller seed, equal growth habit.  These are super hard to find nowadays.
Parajubaea sunkha:  Originally thought to be variety of torallyi, now known to be a species.  Smallest of these three species with trunk height 25 feet.  In habitat, grows at lower elevation, 6000 feet.
Parajubaea cocoides Natural habitat not known, may actually be a variety of P. torallyi, less cold hardy than others above, less silver in the leaves.  Not as good a grower as any of the three above.

This is a full sun genus.  It is best to start them in strong filtered light.  Germination of seeds is difficult and demands a "long thermometer" with hot days and cold nights. The 8th photo below is by Gaston Torres and the last photo by PlantAPalm website.

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SALE PRICE THIS SIZE 15G $225

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Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi Parajubaea torallyi gaston tores Parajubaea torallyi plantapalm website

 

SUPER RARE HYBRID PINNATE PALM
NEW TO THE MARKET
(BUTIA X JUBAEA) X SYAGRUS


FANTASTIC HYBRID – VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS JUST IN


The hybrid I'm presenting today is a recent introduction to the market.  Most people are familiar with the Mule Palm - which is a hybrid of Butia with the Queen Palm with the Butia being the seed bearing parent.  The Mule Palm is cold hardy to about 17 degrees and can live in Tucson, AZ.  Butia x Jubaea is even more cold tolerant and takes temperatures down to about 15 to 16 degrees.  We routinely have both of these crosses available.

The hybrid offered below is between a Butia x Jubaea (seed bearer) and the Queen Palm - using pollen from the Queen Palm.  It will look very different and should have a cold tolerance of about 16 to 17 degrees.  We offered these at the end of last year and all sold out within about three days.  We are lucky enough to offer some more presently.

It'll want full sun.  Before, I've only known of small one gallons available of this hybrid and for sale for about $150.  This is a chance to get a nice specimen in a squat 15g pot with a thick base for a great price.  But, we only have a few of them.  I can ship this size.

SALE PRICE THIS NEW HYBRID $300

Mention this Blog Only Special when you buy.  We only have a few of these plants.  The two garden photos below are shared from PalmTalk – unknown contributors.


(Butia x Syagrus) x Jubaea (Butia x Syagrus) x Jubaea (Butia x Syagrus) x Jubaea
(Butia x Syagrus) x Jubaea (Butia x Syagrus) x Jubaea (Butia x Syagrus) x Jubaea
(BUTIA X JUBAEA) X SYAGRUS PalmTalk (BUTIA X JUBAEA) X SYAGRUS PalmTalk  

 

RAVENEA JULIETTIAE
SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


GENTLY ARCHING LEAVES
SERIOUSLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD

TEN DAY SPECIAL ESTABLISHED 15G SIZE


This is an endangered species from eastern Madagascar.  There are perhaps just fifty trees remaining in the wild.  It gets to a height of ten to fifteen feet.  It has no crown shaft.  Leaves are green and arch gently downwards.   Leaflets are narrow and trunk diameter is about six inches or a bit more.  The fifteen gallon plants I'm putting on sale are eight to ten years old and very nice.  We only have a few.  It likes full sun and is being well grown by serious collectors in our area.  I'd estimate cold hardiness to be in the mid-twenties F.  Remember that Ravenea are dioecious (need female and male plants to set fruit).  Consequently, Raveneas of most types will be near impossible to obtain in the future as no seeds are presently coming in from Madagascar and it's super rare to get domestic seeds.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $195


Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get your discount.  Last photo by friend Rolf Kyburz.    

 

Ravenea juliettiaea Ravenea juliettiaea Ravenea juliettiaea
Ravenea juliettiaea Ravenea juliettiaea Ravenea juliettiae

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS HYBRID
SAPIDA X BAUERI


SHOWING HYBRID VIGOR - SHOULD BE A WINNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

For those of you with growing experience, you understand that palms, even monoecious palms, can hybridize.   We got in some plants and were told that they were "sapida".  But, looking at them you'll know they are not pure sapida.  Seeds came off a Rhopalostylis sapida seed bearing tree.  The dark petioles (brown) and downward flexing leaves show that they are a hybrid - baueri blood.   Sorry, but I have no photos of a mature garden tree of this hybrid.  They can take part day sun or filtered light in most areas.  Cold hardiness will be about 20 degrees F.

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

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Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g
Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g Rhopoalostylis sapida x baueri, 15g  

 

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 $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

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

 

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.


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

 

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

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

 

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 $250

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

 

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.

 

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Rhopalostylis cheesemanii
5g size
RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


THINNER TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
NICE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a medium height, single trunk, crown shafted palm from New Caledonia.  There is grows on mountainous slopes.  Of the genus, perhaps this species is the easiest for us to grow here in California.  It is very sought after and most of the garden photos below are from California.  Along the coast, I'd recommend giving this species half day morning sun, a few hours of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F. 

In my experience, mature height is usually about 30 feet but it can get a bit taller.  Trunks in shade are green, prominently ringed and medium diameter.  Leaves are green and pinnate.  This size can be mail ordered.

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


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


 
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala HJD Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala 

 

SYAGRUS SANCONA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN FOXTAIL PALM



VERY PLUMOSE LEAVES
HARD TO FIND BUT NEW SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS

This is one of the pretties Syagrus you can buy.  It gets its common name from the fact that the leaves are very plumose (multi-ranked or fluffy), resembling the Foxtail Palm.  As the photographs show, the trunk is thin for the height of this palm.  And it is prominently ringed.  Mature height can be 50 feet or more.  It is native to about six countries in the northern part of South America.  It prefers full sun once acclimated and is cold tolerant down to the mid-twenties F.

We potted up some nice three to four leaf seedlings and put them in one gallon pots.  We don't have too many.


REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

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Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona
Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona Syagrus sancona

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS

5 GALLON ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

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.

Most specimens in many decades get to a height of 25 to 35 feet.  The actual trunk diameter is typically six to ten inches.  The leaves are typically about three feet in diameter and have variable division of the segments. Leaves are green on the upper side and below, but it is not uncommon for one can see a bit of blue discoloration to the underside of the leaf.  Distal leaf segments can flex downward toward the ground.  Shown here is our 5 gallon size on Special (first five photos).  They aren’t super big so we’re selling them at a great price.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $50

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.  Note – Easy to mail order.


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Trachycarpus fortunei Trachycarpus fortunei TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI

 

RHAPIS (MULTIFIDA X HUMILIS) X R. MULTIFIDA
A SUPER RARE HYBRID BY LOUIS HOOPER


PROBABLE CROSS THAT WILL NEVER BE DONE AGAIN
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This may be one of the last times I can offer Rhapis hybrids by the famous Luis Hooper of La Habra, CA.  As many of you know, he is one of the few people who has ever done unusual Rhapis crosses and is presently unable to deal with the plants any more because of health issues.  The plants being offered are about five years old and an F2 hybrid.  The R. multifida x humilis was back-crossed with multifida.  This should give an attractive palm with small, thin leaflets and mature height of about ten feet.  Trunks should be tidy and about an inch thick.

Anticipate they'll be green in color, slow growing and want filtered light.  They should be cold hardy to about 22 to 24 degrees F.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65 (SUPER RARE)
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $50

Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special.  I have no photos of mature plants for this cross.  This is probably the first time it's been offered for sale.


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

 

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 $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55

Remember: Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MSINGANUS
NEARLY EXTINCT IN THE WILD



GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This species is endemic to Msinga district in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa.   E. msinganus is on the verge of extinction, where ever shrinking populations are small and scattered.  This is a small to medium sized plant.  Leaves get about about five feet in length.  Stems can reach up to three meters over the centuries, but it is rare to see anything close to that size.  This species was originally called Encephalartos msinga (after its locality) but was later formally described as Encephalartos msinganus.  The leaves on this species are relatively short, are green and generally are heavily armed on the leaflets and petioles.  It is quite rare to see this plant in cultivation and some make the argument that it is equally rare to some of the (very rare) Transvaal species.  In coastal and inland areas, this species wants to be in sun.  For desert areas, this species should be grown in partial sun or filtered light.  It requires a soil that drains well.  The plants on sale are 4 years old, bigger and older than shown here and with about four to five leaves.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

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

Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga
Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga Encephalartos msinganus msinga

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
GREEN, RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA


CRITICALLY ENDANGERED IN THE WILD
TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY LARGE BAND PLANTS


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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $50


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

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

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED FOLIAGE
PINK FLOWERS


NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRETTY 5G SIZE

There are many types of Begonias used as companion plants in the garden.  This particular variety is one of our favorites because the backs of the foliage are red and the blossoms (present now) are super pink.  It likes filtered light, sometimes will take full sun and is very durable.  It tolerates a freeze and uses average water.  Right now these are on special.  But the way, you can prune them to give a fuller, more low profile plant.  These plants have pink blossoms with red backs to the leaves.  The last photo shows landscape using a white variety of Begonia.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $40

Mention this Special for your discount

Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Angel wing Begonia pink blossom
Angel wing Begonia pink blossom Begonia in landscape

 

MAIDENHAIR FERN
GENUS ADIANTUM

 

NICE 2G PLANTS
WATER LOVING SHADE FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL FULL 1G PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE 2G $35
TEN DAY SPECIAL $25

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

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

 

MONDAY, 29 JUNE, 2020

 

OUR CYCAD SOIL



JUST GOT IN A NEW BATCH
WE DO SELL IT BY THE 15 GALLON BAG

From time to time, I do work on making our cycad soil formulae better.  Our basic ingredients are pumice, coarse sand (#12), fir wood chips, fir shavings, peat moss, perlite, and a touch of high grade topsoil.  We also add dolomite and a slow release Osmocote fertilizer.  Be aware, there is no "perfect" single mix or formulae that you have to use.  At this website I do give a specific component ratios for a cycad mix.  (link below)  This soil shown will support most cycads and is quick draining.  One ideally might alter it for tropical species like lush Zamia.  We sell this cycad mix by the bag for those who don't have the capacity to make their own.  But, it's way to heavy and expensive to ship by mail order because of the weight.  We don't supply large volumes of this soil and limit customers to a maximum of five bags.

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil  

 

PRITCHARDIA MINOR IN SAN DIEGO



MATURE AND FRUITING FOR YEARS
THIN TRUNK, MEDIUM HEIGHT
ENABLES US TO OFFER YOU NURSERY PLANTS


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

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

 

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 
  

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


TALL AND THICK TRUNK FISHTAIL PALM
PRESENT SHORTAGE ON THE MARKET
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25 GALLON TREES

This beautiful large palm from northern Thailand has been given a lot of common names.  It is a dramatically attractive shade producing palm with long, wide leaves.  It is a monocarpic species so one only gets seeds when a tree blossoms and dies.  In recent times it’s been near impossible to find this species around.  We have available four larger 25 gallon sized plants.  They are about 12 feet tall in their pots. 

This species is totally different than the more common Caryota urens.  It is not as tall and has a thicker trunk.  Mature height is about 35 feet.  Leaves are 14 feet long and 12 feet wise, so you’ll get a lot of shade below.  It is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  It is quick growing and will tolerate full coastal sun.

 

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 25G $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $500

I only have a few of these.  They are quite large.


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

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES


TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G

I'm down to the last few of the large 15g that we're offering for sale on this, the Chilean Wine Palm.  These plants are approaching ten years old from seed!  As most know, they are unbearably slow to grow and getting a nice plant as shown in the first four photos seems to take forever.  Try it yourself some day from seed.  You'll know why it takes a decade to produce a nice sized Jubaea.  Interestingly enough, we ship a lot of this sized Chilean Wine Palms to people in colder states like Texas and South Carolina.  This size are not the biggest 15g we offer, but fairly old and very nice.  Typical basal trunk diameter is four to six inches on this batch.  I do have massive 15g that are 10 inches in diameter, but they cost more.  This size is an affordable size for people who want to save a lot of years of growing time.

Ultimate height can reach at least forty feet (in several decades) and trunk diameter up to four feet.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Seeds are large and globular as shown here.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $235

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Mail order, in the pot with soil, totally possible but it'll be a big and heavy box to ship.  These plants are in short supply and we could run out.  But, hopefully, we can obtain more if needed.

Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis Jubaea chilensis

 

CHAMAEDOREA WOODSONIANA
TALL, THICK TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL

 

FILTERED LIGHT – GETS TO ABOUT 20 FEET OR MORE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a very large, single trunk species that is native to a long range, spanning from Mexico into the northern parts of South America.  it is known as one of the tallest of all Chamaedoreas, reaching heights of possibly over forty feet.  The trunk has a prominent crownshaft and is ABOUT 3 inches thick.  It's leaves are four to five feet long with a prominent petiole.  Leaf color is a deep green and, in cross section, the leaves are slightly keeled.  In Southern California, this species prefers filtered light and adequate hydration.  It has been said that this species cannot take a freeze.  More recent reports suggest this species can tolerate temperatures into the upper 20's F.  It is known to be growing in the San Francisco Bay area.  It is a quick grower and sometimes the base of the trunk is swollen.  Shown is our 5g size on special.  We’re also showing a 15g nursery plant.  We have limited numbers available.

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

Remember to mention this Ten Day Special at the time of purchase.


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX MADAGASCARENSIS
MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE MADAGASCAR PALM



SINGLE TRUNK - GREEN LEAVES
SALE ON 15 AND 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 15 and 20 gallon plants.  We're putting them on sale.  The large palm below is by Daryl Occonor via PACSOA.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $200

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 it's way into full sun along the coast.  It's cold hardy into the upper teens 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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
ATTRACTIVE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


 

MEDIUM HEIGHT - NICE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a medium height, single trunk, crown shafted palm from New Caledonia.  There is grows on mountainous slopes.  Of the genus, perhaps this species is the easiest for us to grow here in California.  It is very sought after and most of the garden photos below are from California.  Along the coast, I'd recommend giving this species half day morning sun, a few hours of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F. In my experience, mature height is usually about 30 feet but it can get a bit taller.  Trunks in shade are green, prominently ringed and medium diameter.  Leaves are green and pinnate.  We're putting our 5 gallon on a Ten Day Special. 

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


Remember:  Mention this Special for you discount at the time of purchase. 


Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Basselinia glabrata
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

BASSELINIA GLABRATA
AKA ALLOSCHMIDTIA GLABRATA


RARE THIN TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

It's always a bit difficult when a species that one has been growing for three decades is suddenly given another new name by a taxonomist.  Imagine that a name you use in discussing plants suddenly has no meaning.  Such is the case with this species when Don Hodel (friend of mine) renamed Alloschmidtia about ten years ago.   It is from new Caledonia and is a single trunk, crown-shafted, pinnate palm.  Like Actinokentia, is is remarkably thin in trunk size (never over six inches) but does get to a height of forty feet in habitat.  Most domestic plants are much shorter and that's what we're seeing in California gardens.  The crown shaft is a nice olive green and bulges to a fatter diameter than the trunk.  Leaves are about six feet long.

This is a rare palm species from mountainous areas of northeastern New Caledonia.   Twenty years ago it was impossible to obtain a plant for your garden.  Presently, we have a limited number of 5g that we’re putting on sale.  The 8th photo below is by Jeff M. from HI.  It is a filtered light palm,  perhaps tolerating early AM or late PM sun.  Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties F.  Probably the most interesting thing about this species is the long, somewhat peculiar appearing crown shaft as shown below.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $95

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


Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata
Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata Basselinia glabrata

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
THE NIKAU PALM
NEW ZEALAND PALM - BULGING CROWN SHAFT


A FAVORITE OF ALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


Native stands of Rhopalostylis sapida are found in temperate parts of New Zealand and also on coastal areas of Chatham and South Islands.  In these localities it is found in shaded forests and in the more moist bottoms of mountainous gullies.  One does not see it at high elevation where severe cold may be seen.  Rather it's in the coastal and warmer regions.  Being a slow growing species, it is reported that it takes ten to fifteen years in habitat before one begins to see a formed trunk.  One report done by the New Zealand government reported that it took forty years to show trunk and that ten meter trees were 200 years old.  The point here is that, as a species, the Nikau Palm is slow growing in its natural habitat.  Soil in the area is good draining and rainfall is ample

This is a single trunk palm that has green, upright leaves.  The hallmarks of this plant are the upright pointing leaves and the swollen crown shaft.  Almost always, the crown shaft is prominently larger in diameter than the trunk.  The trunk has rings from old leaf attachments.  Overall height after many decades is 25 to 35 feet or, on old specimens, even more.  Trunk diameter is eight to twelve inches.  Leaves are usually eight to twelve feet long.  Growth rate is slow.  Of note, the 15g shown here is a double.  Most of this size have only one plant in the pot.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175

Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for this discounted price.  We do have other sizes for sale.  The 15g size can be mail ordered.

 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostylis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 
Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida  Rhopalostyis sapida 

 

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.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $47.50

Our one gallon size is shown in the first 5 photos below.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA SARTORII
SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM



WANTS FILTERED LIGHT
HARD TO FIND
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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.  

Chamaedorea sartorii Chamaedorea sartorii Chamaedorea sartorii
Chamaedorea sartorii Chamaedorea sartorii Chamaedorea sartorii

 

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM


FULL SUN - TEN FEET HEIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

The plants shown here are a purple hybrid form of Cordyline australis.  There are many different hybrids of this species.  The most common is called "Red Star".  They typically get to a height of ten feet, tolerate full sun and are cold hardy into the mid-teens F.   We're putting our purple 15g on special.  These are old plants with nice trunk.  The garden plant is c/o Wikipedia.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.



Cordyline australis purple Cordyline australis purple Cordyline australis purple
Cordyline australis purple Cordyline australis wikipedia  

 

SATURDAY, 26 JUNE, 2020 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

Today I'm going to show you lots of pictures of one of my favorite palms, the desirable Bismarckia nobilis.  It is native to Madagascar.  It is a fan palm with a rather stout trunk of sixteen to about twenty-four inches in diameter.  Heights can reach over forty feet although it's unclear how tall they will grow domestically in the U.S.  Leaves are blue in color as are the leaf stems.  Leaves are broad and essentially flat.  With cold weather and on juvenile plants, leaves can take on a purple color from winter's cold.

Bismarckia love full hot sun.  It can be grown in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is down to the low 20's F.  The pictures shown today are of assorted trees of varying heights.  I've tried to show plant detail that you'll not find easily on the Internet.  Remember that this is a dioecious species with male and female trees.  One needs both a male and female palm with cross-pollination to set viable seeds.  The seeds shown here are maturing seeds on female plants.

I hope you like this species.  It looks best (in my opinion) planted as a single specimen.  I have shown a few pictures of plants at the nursery at the bottom. 

 
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
bismarckia Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis
     
Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia nobilis  Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis Bismarckia balboa park san diego Bismarckia nobilis 
Bismarckia nobilis Roystonea regia Roystonea regia

 

GERMINATING PALM SEEDS:


DO YOU HAVE BAD PALM SEEDS?
WHICH SEEDS TO PICK?
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A SEED IS NOT GOOD?
THE FLOAT TEST
THE PINCH TEST
CUT THE SEED OPEN
ALWAYS CLEAN OFF THE FRUIT


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

RULES TO FOLLOW:

1.  Get fresh seeds.  Right off the tree is best.
2.  Pick seeds that are mature, often colorful.  Most common colors are red, orange, yellow, brown or black.  Immature, green seeds germinate poorly.  Don't pick or collect seeds that are green!
3.  Remove the fruit from the seeds until you have a clean, often tan colored inner seed.  Fruit can contain chemicals that retard germination.
4.  Pinch test seeds.  Take the picked seeds (with or without fruit) and squeeze hard between two fingers.  They should never collapse.  Any seed that collapses between your fingers is no good.
5.  Float Test the seeds.  Cleaned palm seeds almost always sink in water.  Floaters are almost always bad.   Inner cavities of rot within the seed make them float.
6.  Cut open a few seeds.  The inner seed should be white or light tan, solid and without signs of rot.  And, you definitely do not want to see inner cavities.  Inner cavities 99% of the time means the seed is bad.
7.  Remove all outer fruit before germinating.  Some experts feel that this outer fruit later has growth inhibitors.  Even fruit that is not a bright color or is dry or scaly must be removed.  This outer layer may be brown and hard but needs removal - see photos below.
8.  Always soak the cleaned seeds in pure water, especially if you had seeds shipped to you.  This rehydrates them.  If seeds are right off a tree and the fruit is moist and fresh, soaking is not necessary.  But, they would still be cleaned of any fruit.

Photos here show seeds with fruit, the float test with floaters and sinkers, seeds that failed the pinch test, seeds with hard outer layers that still have to have this layer removed and a few seeds cut open showing inner cavities (a bad sign).  For techniques on germination, see our article on 
Palm Seed Germination at this website.

Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Chambeyronia seeds with red fruit
Jubaea seeds ripe
Jubaea chilensis fruit, ripe
Jubaea chilensis cleaning fruit off seed
Cleaning fruit off Jubaea chilensis
Butia capitata seeds with yellow fruit
Butia capitata seeds with fresh, ripe and yellow fruit
palm seeds
Livistona saribus seeds with blue fruit
Green Chamaedorea tpejilote seeds
Green seeds Chamaedorea tepejilote
Green palm seeds
Green seeds, not ready to pick
Bad palm seed, collapsed
Bad palm seed, collapsed with pinch test
Bad palm seed
Bad seed, all collapsed with pinch test
Pelagodoxa henryana seed
You must remove the primative hard fruit from this Pelagodoxa henryanaseed
Metroxylon amicarum seed
Dry, scaly coat of Metroxylon amicarum must be removed
Attalea seeds
Same with these Attalea sp. seeds
Palm Seed Float Test
Float test:  Note floating seeds- no good
Palm Seed Float TEst
Float test - Astrocaryum seeds floating
Float Test Sinkers
Float Test:  Note good seeds sink to bottom
Cavity in Palm Seeds
Cavity in bad Astrocaryum mexicanum seeds
Palm Seed Cavity Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in Astrocaryum mexicanum
Cavity in palm seeds
Cavity in bad Gastrococos crispa seeds
Clean Jubaea seeds
Totally cleaned Jubaea seeds
Homogenious inside of a cut palm seed
Good seed cut open - firm inner tissue throughout
germinating cham benzei
Results of proper seed care and germination

 

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 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 1 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 1 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA GLAUCIFOLIA
SUPER SIMILAR TO C. PLUMOSA

TAKES A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


Surprisingly, this is presently a hard to find species of Chamaedorea.  It is very similar to Chamaedorea plumosa - except:  The plumosa has a more plumose leaf and takes a little more sun.  The glaucifolia has the silver powder on the leaf stems and crown shaft as shown below.  Otherwise, you would mistake the two.  Note that if you wipe the crown shaft with you thumb, you'll wipe off the frosty white as shown below.  Now that the "Baby Queens" have gotten so much notoriety, it's very difficult to find glaucifolia.  These 5g and multiples and most are very nice size.

This is a single trunk species.  Mature height is about 14 feet.  It takes almost full sun on the coast and is quick growing. Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  I apologize that I don't have any good garden pictures of this species, but the large nursery plants will give you an idea of their mature appearance.  Note that these plants on special are multiples - several plants in each pot. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

Mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia Chamaedorea glaucifolia

 

CYCAD HYBRID - CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
INTERESTING AND FAIRLY COLD HARDY HYBRID


TAKES PART DAY SUN
NEVER TOO TALL - VERY RARE CROSS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE PLANTS

With the introduction of the very rare Cycas debaoensis, it was just a matter of time before this cross was done.  It's between the Sago Palm (seed bearer with this cross) and the aforementioned debaoensis.  It is an interesting hybrid with bifurcation of the leaflets or leaf stems.  See photos below.  I'd recommend growing it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance should be into the upper teens F.

I anticipate it'll be a small to medium sized mature plants.  It's a great alternative to using the common
Cycas revoluta.  Leaf color will be green and there will be some spines of the leaf stems.  Sorry, but there are no reputable photos of this hybrid in a mature size available at this time.  I'm putting our nicely sized one gallon on special.  Caudex size is about an inch or more.  I can't show a mature plant for you as I know of none around.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BAND SIZE $75


These would be easy to mail order.  You must mention this special when you purchase to get this price. 

 
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis
Cycas revoluta x debaoensis Cycas revoluta x debaoensis  

 

ZAMIA FURFURACEA
THE CARDBOARD CYCAD


COMPACT PLANT WITH NO SPINES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 2&3 G PLANTS


This popular dwarf cycad is from Mexico and rarely gets over four feet tall.  Plants do cluster and form low profile clumps.  Stems can get typically to about 12 inches although taller stems are seen in the wild.  Leaves are almost always under 36 inches long.  Leaflets are wide, short and have no spines or armor.  This is a very user friendly plant.  It tolerates full sun along the coast and needs filtered light in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20's F, perhaps a bit lower.  

We're offering here 3 gallon plants.  They are nice plants for starting in the garden.  We do have larger plants that are not on sale right now.  But, this size can easily be shipped right in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 3G PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get this price.

Zamia furfuracea Zamia furfuracea zamia furfuracea
zamia furfuracea zamia furfuracea zamia furfuracea

 

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.

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  

 

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 

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


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

We have available some nice 5g plants of Hedyscepe canterburyana.  This single trunk palm has a silver crown shaft, silver trunk (in shade) with prominent rings.  It is native to medium elevations in the mountains of Lord Howea Island (home of the Kentia Palm).  It is single trunk.  Mature height is about 20 feet.  They fruit here and seeds are large and red in color.  Along our coast here it takes full sun but also does well in part day sun or strong filtered light.  Trunks are beefier in sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around.  We are putting our 5g size on special - shown in first five photos.  This size is about six years old.  Yes, they are slow growing!  

But, of note, we also have available some huge 15 gallon size available from time to time.  These are shown in the one photo below.  Plants of this size are near impossible to find - and we'd offer a nice price on them as well.  Age of these big ones is 12 - 14 years!

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

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana Hedyscepe canterburyana

 

SABAL MINOR
DWARF, COLD HARDY FAN PALM


TEN DAY SALE BAND SIZE

This 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 above the foliage.  This is often a way to identify it as it produces flowers and fruit as a smaller plant.

It takes sun and can tolerate part day sun.  Cold tolerance is excellent, probably about 16 degrees F.  We're offering our band size on species.  These are shown in the first three photos.  I've also shown garden plants.  Be aware we have other, larger sizes for sale as well.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $35

These are easy to mail in their pots.  Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price.

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

 

ASSORTED VRIESEAS HYBRIDS
BY JOHN ARDEN
EXTREMELY RARE TROPICAL PLANTS



FILTERED LIGHT PLANTS
SPECTACULAR BLOSSOMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL PLANTS SHOWN HERE


About a year ago I offered a good assortment of rare Vriesea hybrids done by the late John Arden.  John was a worldwide famous Bromeliad expert who lived in this area. His hybrid Bromeliads, especially the Vriesea hybrids, were coveted by many.  Through a friend, I am again able to offer some of his hybrids and, this time, at a discount.  Vrieseas are known not only for their interesting foliage but also for colorful  blossoms that protrude welll above the plant.  These would be fairly easy to email anywhere in the U.S.  Most Vrieseas want filtered light and are cold hardy into the mid to upper twenties F. 

REGULAR PRICE PLANTS SHOWN BELOW $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL PLANTS BELOW $55


This special only lasts ten days and I have several of the plants shown.  These will sell out quickly.


Vriesea amazing jade x evelyn
   
Vriesea amazing jade x evelyn Vriesea amazing jade x evelyn Vriesea amazing jade x evelyn

Vriesea California gold x V-400
   
Vriesea California gold x V-400 Vriesea California gold x V-400 Vriesea California gold x V-400

Vriesea concerto x sunset
   
Vriesea concerto x sunset Vriesea concerto x sunset Vriesea concerto x sunset

Vriesea hybrid John Arden
   
Vriesea hybrid John Arden Vriesea hybrid John Arden Vriesea hybrid John Arden

Vriesea hybrid John Arden 2
   
Vriesea hybrid John Arden 2 Vriesea hybrid John Arden 2 Vriesea hybrid John Arden

Vriesea inspiration
   
Vriesea inspiration Vriesea inspiration Vriesea inspiration

Vriesea mandy
hybrid
   
Vriesea mandy hybrid Vriesea mandy hybrid Vriesea mandy hybrid

Vriesea mandy x gradata x marcella
   
Vriesea mandy x gradata x marcella Vriesea mandy x gradata x marcella Vriesea mandy x gradata x marcella

Vriesea maroon shadow
hybrid
   
Vriesea maroon shadow hybrid Vriesea maroon shadow hybrid Vriesea maroon shadow hybrid

Vriesea maroon shadow x golden radiance
   
Vriesea maroon shadow x golden radiance Vriesea maroon shadow x golden radiance Vriesea maroon shadow x golden radiance

Vriesea melago negro x V brassicooides
   
Vriesea melago negro x V brassicooides ( Vriesea melago negro x V brassicooides ( Vriesea melago negro x V brassicooides (

Vriesea sensation x barbarosa
   
Vriesea sensation x barbarosa Vriesea sensation x barbarosa Vriesea sensation x barbarosa

Vriesea sunburst
   
Vriesea sunburst Vriesea sunburst Vriesea sunburst

Vriesea van ackeri x fenestralis x concerto
   
Vriesea van ackeri x fenestralis x concerto Vriesea van ackeri x fenestralis x concerto Vriesea van ackeri x fenestralis x concerto

 

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

 

JACOBINIA CARNEA (JUSTICA C.)
BRAZILIAN PLUME, FLAMINGO PLANT
PRETTY, PINK AND DWARF


TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

Recently new to our nursery, this exotic filtered light dwarf plant puts out clusters of huge flowers.  This variety is pink but they also can come in red, apricot, orange, yellow and a whole assortment of other colors.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  See how beautiful they are now - yet pictures from a month ago had no flowers.  Along the coast they can take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Plants are about as wide as they are tall and make a wonderful and colorful addition to the garden floor.  You'll not see this plant around too much.  BTW, they blossom in the spring. One picture below shows the plant in winter, no blossoms.  This is how they look right now but come spring, they'll be loaded with flowers.

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL $120

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.

Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea
Jacobinia carnea Jacobinia carnea from Vipsad webstie

 

THURSDAY, 25 JUNE, 2020

 

CARYOTA MITIS
NICE INTERIOR QUALITY 5G PLANTS



FOR THE HOME, OFFICE OR PATIO
LIKE FILTERED LIGHT
LIMITED NUMBERS

Caytoa mitis is a suckering type of Fishtail Palm from Asia.  In habitat, plants can get up to twenty or twenty five feet.  In our locality they tend to be shorter.  They do sucker forming a clump of stems.  Trunk diameter is typically about four inches.  Leaves are bi-pinnate, branching.  Leaflets are as shown below.  The plants shown here are imported from Hawaii and perfect for a business office, hotel lobby or bank.  Or, for your living room.  They like filtered light outdoors and are cold hardy to the mid to lower 20's F.  Shown are our 5g size.  We also have exterior grade 15g for sale (not shown here).  These 5g plants are five to six feet tall in their pots.  They are not difficult to mail order via Federal Express.
Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g
Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g
Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis interior quality 5g Caryota mitis

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT



NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES


Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  The first plants shown are very old 20g.  You can see they've formed trunk with some aerial roots.  Next I'm showing our 5g.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners.

Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium Birds Nest Anthurium
Birdsnest Anthurium
Specimen in garden
Birds Nest Anthurium plant places.com website
Photo by Plant Places Website
Birds Nest Anthurium wikipedia
Photo c/o Wikipedia

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN



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


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

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

 

DIOON MEROLAE
A SMALLER MEXICAN CYCAD


LEAF COLOR GREEN TO GRAY
SHOWING THREE AVAILABLE NURSERY SIZES
FULL SUN IN MANY AREAS


This is one of my favorite cycads.  It is native to Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico.  Although plants in the wild may have trunks of eight to ten feet, this will take many centuries.  A typical very old plant in a domestic garden has two to three feet of trunk.  With its small to medium sized crown of leaves, this species will therefore never obstruct a view or get too large.  Leaf color is typically a gray-green.  But, in less sun it may become more green.  I've seen plants that are in full sun and almost have a very gray color to the leaves (see photo below).  It is cold tolerant to the low 20's F.  Along the coast it'll take full sun.  Far inland areas should consider morning sun or strong filtered light.

I am showing the following with the photos:
First two rows:  Two different 5g plants
Rows three and four:  Detail look at a nice 15g
Rows five and six:  Six different boxed old specimens
Bottom row:  Two garden specimens

We have a great selection of many sizes.  All can be shipped.

   

Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae
Dioon merolae Dioon merolae Dioon merolae 
Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae  Dioon merolae 

 

BRAHEA BRANDEGEEI
A TALL, QUICK GROWING BRAHEA


GREEN LEAVES, SORT OF WISPY
THIN TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

Rarely do I have this hard to find palm and even more rarely do I put it on special.  It's one of the hardest of the Braheas to locate.  It can reach heights of over 80 feet and is native to Baja California, Mexico.  Trunks are thin.  Crowns of leaves are open.  Leaf color is typically green as shown here.  One of the best places to see this species is in Balboa Park, San Diego, less than a half mile from where I live.  It wants full sun, tolerates wind and dry conditions and is a good growing species.  Despite it's beauty, its a solid grower and a fine addition to any garden.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $165
.

I can mail order these but it'd be expensive b/c of the size of the box.  Remember, mention this Special!

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Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei
Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei Brahea brandegeei

 

CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII
THE MOST CLASSIC OF THE BAMBOO PALMS


MATURE, FLOWERING SIZE 15G
FILTERED LIKE, SHORTER PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS


This New World suckering shade palm has pinnate leaves and never gets much above 8 to 9 feet.  This is the reason it's so popular.  It is sought out as one of the most popular interior palms.  This has been the case for about 100 years.  A good thing is that it does fit inside the home of the average house without hitting the ceiling.  Outdoors, it wants filtered light and is cold hard into the mid, perhaps lower 20's F.  The 15g on sale here are about ten or more years old and locally grown. They are more robust and better for the garden than imported plants sold elsewhere.  They shouldn't get any taller and have about as many canes as a 15g pot will support.  And, they are much more sturdy and hardy than imported plants.  They've seen all of our cold weather. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Just mention this Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Although a tall box is needed, these can be shipped anywhere within the U.S.   Thanks to RPS for the last photo.

 
CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII
CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII CHAMAEDOREA SEIFRITZII

 

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 $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $170

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

 

RAVENEA HILDEBRANDTII
SEMI-DWARF PINNATE COMORO ISLAND PALM


VERY HARD TO FIND SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

Below I am showing our offering of several 15 gallon plants which we have available and are putting on a Ten Day Special.  This palm does fine in Southern California and is the ultimate of pinnate leaf palms where "short" is needed.  I've shown below several shots of mature garden specimens to illustrate this species height. 

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

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


Ravenea hildebrandtii 15g Ravenea hildebrandtii 15g Ravenea hildebrandtii 15g
Ravenea hildebrandtii 15g Ravenea hildebrandtii 15g Ravenea hildebrandtii 15g
Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii Ravenea hildebrandtii

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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   

 

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 $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $170

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  

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $75


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

 

CERATOZAMIA LATIFOLLIA
THE CHAMELEON OF CYCADS


HOW ABOUT ORANGE, RED OR GOLD NEW LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

Ceratozamia latifolia is a smaller, filtered light loving cycad from Mexico.  It is native to the regions of San Luis Potosi and Hidalgo.  Leaf length averages four, perhaps five feet maximum.  Leaves lay in a more horizontal position.  Caudex size is less than ten inches.  So, you can see that overall leaf crown width is under six feet or so.  The striking trait of this species is the very colorful newly emergent leaves as shown here.  But, you can’t always predict what color each plant will produce.  The leaflets are wide and un-armed.  We recommend filtered light for this species.  Cold hardiness is certainly the lower 20's F. or lower.

The photos here show three different plants with three different colors of emerging new leaves – orange, red and gold.  Of course, sometimes they may be green.  These colors always fade over two to three weeks to their green color.  But, any given plant will typically throw the same color with the next batch of new leaves.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES.

We usually have an assortment of sizes from citrus pot to 15 gallon or larger.

Ceratozamia latifolia orange leaves Ceratozamia latifolia orange leaves Ceratozamia latifolia orange leaves
Ceratozamia latifolia red leaves Ceratozamia latifolia red leaves Ceratozamia latifolia red leaves
Ceratozamia latifolia gold leaves Ceratozamia latifolia gold leaves Ceratozamia latifolia gold leaves

 

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

This size can be shipped or delivered.  Remember, mention this Special when you purchase.


Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis
Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis Cycas panzhihuaensis

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
GREAT BARRIER ISLAND FORM

ROBUST GROWER - HUGE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


There is very little published on this rare form of Rhopalostylis sapida.  It is native to only a small island off the coast of North Island, New Zealand.  It is rarely available.  It is said to have a huge, thick crown shaft when mature, long leaves, wide leaflets and to be one of the most vigorous growing Rhopalostylis.  I am showing one photo c/o RPS below of a mature tree.  These can be mail ordered and would prefer part day sun in most areas.  If you are inland, do not put in full sun.  Mature tree photo c/o TS at RPS.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when purchasing. 
Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island
Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island RPS Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM



VERY COLD HARDY
LIMITED NUMBER OLD SUCKERING 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This South American suckering fan palm comes from Argentina and Uruguay.  From these locations, you might suspect it could have quite a bit of cold hardiness, and this is the case with not only this species of Trithrinax, but of the genus as a whole.  Availability of seeds of this species has been sparse to nonexistent.  And, as a young plant, it is quite slow growing.  Consequently, to get a good sized container plant can take a decade or more.  We were fortunate to offer some very nice 5g plants as shown below.  I'd estimate their age at 7 years.  They are dividing and very chunky at the base.  They are totally acclimated to full hot sun and are intensely blue.  This is a perfect selection for someone who lives in an interior area with lots of heat.

Overall height of this species is up to twenty feet.  Multiple stems are produced, but usually the number is just several.  Leaves are small, typically about two feet wide.  The segments of the leaves are pointed and sharp.  Trunks retain old leaf bases but, like
Washingtonia, eventually fall off.  This is a drought tolerant species and can take temperatures well into the 100's F. and cold tolerance is into the teens.  Of note, most specimens I've seen are blue.  The last two photos show a mature plant that is blue-green in color, probably due to the fact that it's not getting full sun.

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


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


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

 

HEDYCHIUM GARNDERIANUM
THE KAHILI GINGER


SUPER FRAGRANT SUMMER FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G & 15G PLANTS!

Although sometimes called the "Hawaiian or Kahili Ginger", this plant is native to the Himalayas in Asia.  Is surprisingly cold hardy into the mid twenties F. and gets to a height of six to eight feet.  But, the amazing quality of this plant is it's florid, super-fragrant yellow and red blossoms.  They are short lived but absolutely stunning.  Along the coast it tolerates full sun but most people grow it in part day sun or filtered light.  It is an easy to grow species and also easy to propagate from the rhizomes in the soil.

Blossoms are quite large as shown.  And, they are held in an upright fashion as opposed to the dangling, non-fragrant blossoms of Shell Ginger.  We presently have 2 sizes available:  very nice 5g and huge 15g, both on sale.  The first three photos show plants in blossom.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL $135

REGULAR PRICE 5G $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45


Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount. 

Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum
Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum Hedychium garnerianum

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
5G SIZE AVAILABLE


HANGING WHITE FLOWERS - LAST WEEKS!
TEN DAY SPECIAL

This is a super popular variety of ginger that blossoms in the summer.  Blossoms are white with yellow and red throats.  Mature height of these plants is six to seven feet.  The leaves are prominently variegated with lighter green and yellow.  Blossoms are long lived but not fragrant.  Blossoms occur during the summer.  I think they do best in part day sun although right on the coast folks grow them in full sun.  Cold tolerance is one of the better for ginger, probably the mid-twenties F.  The last photo shows our 15g size of the green form of this species which is not on sale right now.

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell Ginger Variegated Shell Ginger Shell Ginger
Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger Variegated Shell ginger


AECHMEA SPECIES
BRANCHING YELLOW BLOSSOM


GROWN IN FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON

This suckering Aechmea species has been growing in our full sun.  These Bromeliads are in one gallon pots and many are suckering.  The blossoms are huge with yellow flowers and pink stems.  The foliage is a silver-purple.  These are easy to grow and cold hardy into the mid to upper twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $45
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $35

 
Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower   Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower   Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower  
Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower   Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower   Aechmea sp. yellow branching flower  

 

TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA
THE PURPLE HEART PLANT


GREAT GROUND COVER - PURPLE COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

I'm often asked about tropical ground cover plants.  Customers want something different.  I might suggest the Purple Heart plant as shown here.  It fairly quickly covers ground and can take full or part day coastal sun.  The flowers are pink.  It grows like a Wandering Jew plant.  We're putting one day size on special

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $17.50

Remember:  Mention this Special.


Tradescantia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart
Tradascentia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart Tradescantia pallida purple heart

 

WEDNESDAY, 24 JUNE, 2020

                                         

MULE PALMS
BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)
A MORE COLD HARDY ALTERNATIVE TO QUEEN PALM


15 AND 25 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE

MEDIUM HEIGHT - SUPER COLD HARDY!

We have available some 15g and 25g Mule Palms as shown below.  For those who don't know, this amazing hybrid doesn't look like either parent.  To make the Mule Palm, the seed bearing parent has to be the Butia capitata.  The pollen donor is the Queen Palm.  The reverse doesn't produce a palm anything close to the Mule Palm.  

They are remarkable because they are supper attractive.  Some say they have a resemblance to a Coconut.  They also usually just get to 25 feet - compared to the 60 foot height of the Queen.  They want full sun.  And, they are very cold hardy - down to about 16 degrees.  Queens die at about 18 degrees.  I've got a customer in Tucson, AZ that can't grow Queen Palms b/c they freeze in the winter.  Our Mule Palms thrive there.  This hybrid tolerates desert sun.  And, they don't make any fruit to mess up your pool!  This is why they are called the "Mule" Palm.  What a combination of good qualities!

The plants shown below are too large for standard mail order but can be delivered.  They are lush and gorgeous.  This is a difficult palm to find but we do have larger sizes for sale..



Mule Palm Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule Palm Mule Palm Mule Palm
Mule Palm Mule Palm Mule Palm

 

CHAMAEDOREA ELATIOR
A CLIMBING SHADE PALM
TOTALLY TRANSFORMS ITS APPEARANCE

LARGE SIMPLE LEAF WHEN SMALL
CLIMBING PINNATE PALM WHEN MATURE

This species of Chamaedorea is native to the Atlantic side of Mexico and various countries in Central America.  It is the only palm that can climb without the use of spines.  It is single trunk with a rather narrow stem.  Leaves are long and, at their ends, sharply turn to form a grabbing hook with the terminal leaf.  This attaches to whatever the plant can grab.  If one were to use this species in the garden, one must plant it adjacent to an overhead tree or structure that can be climbed.  Otherwise it'll crawl along the ground looking for something to climb.

Enthusiast who don't know this may plant it in a open area next to other palms.  It's quite attractive when juvenile with a large, simple leaf as shown below.  But, this will change over time.  The first garden photo was taken in Encinitas, CA and shows how this species is being trained to go up a palm trunk.  The last photos by RPS shows this species planted at the base of a large woody tree.  We presently have this species available in smaller, simple leaf plants.  And, the variety we have hold onto that solid leaf much longer than the ordinary variety.

Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior
Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior
Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior Chamaedorea elatior TS RPS

  

SPECIMEN SIZE KENTIA PALMS
HOWEA FORSTERIANA


FROM FIVE TO FIFTEEN FEET OF TRUNK
SINGLES AND MULTIPLES
SALE PRICE THESE SPECIMEN PALMS


For several decades we've worked with an associate grower who offers old specimen Kentia Palms.  Starting in the late 1980's, these were field grown here in Encinitas, CA.  Over time, many have been dug and put into boxes.  Usually this is into 36 inch box sizes - rarely into 24 inch boxes.  Some are still in the growing fields.  Even if dug from the grower's and moved to your garden for immediate planting, most do just fine.  And, these have been sun grown only getting shade from adjacent Kentias.

Kentia palms dig quite easily.  The ones shown in boxes below were typically dug three to four years ago.  Several hundred trees are available.  All need heavy equipment to lift and handle - and a flatbed truck for delivery (at least 25 feet long).  Delivery can be arranged as needed.  Call or email us for more information.  Random photos below were taken recently of plants available.

SPECIAL PRICE THESE LARGE KENTIAS - $125 PER TRUNK FOOT

Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale
Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale
Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale Howea forsteriana for sale
Howea forsteriana  Howea forsteriana

 

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

 


EXOTIC FERNS
BELOW, TAKE A LOOK AT SOME THAT WE OFFER
 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI


FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The Australian Tree Fern in native to several areas on the eastern side of Australia.  It is a faster growing tree fern that can get to a height of over forty feet.  The two photos from my garden in San Diego show potential height.  I have several with twenty-five feet of trunk.  I'm about 8 miles from the ocean and they take my sun fairly well.  Trunks can get up to twelve inches thick although most are more thin.  This species is a bigger alternative to the Tasmanian Tree Fern and has a thicker trunk and longer leaves.  This species tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.  It is cold hardy into the upper twenties or lower.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $25

REGULAR PRICE 5G $55

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45

Mention this special when you purchase.  Mail order possible on this size.

FIRST 2 ROWS OF PHOTOS BELOW, ONE GALLON
3RD AND 4TH ROWS, FIVE GALLON

Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi
Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi  
Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi
Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree Fern Cyathea cooperi  
Cyathea cooperi

 

BIRDSNEST FERN - ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY FERN


LONG SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


It's been a while since I've presented this customer favorite - the Birdsnest Fern, Asplenium nidus.  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

 

PHLEBODIUM AUREUM
THE BLUE STAR FERN


SHORT HEIGHT – BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
CAN BE USED AS GROUND COVER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON POTS


This species of blue, crawling fern is native to regions of the southeastern U.S., down through Mexico and Central American and into the Caribbean and South America.  It gets to heights of about two to three feet and is rhizomatous in nature.  It can slowly spread along the ground but is easy to control.  Leaf color is definitely a blue or blue-green color.  It can be used as a ground cover as shown below.  It likes filtered light and is cold hardy into the twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

The first six photos show our 5 gallon size on special.  We also have 1 gallon plants shown in the 8th photo below.


Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum
Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum

 

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

 

SILVER BRAKE FERN
PTERIS CRETICA



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


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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45


We might also have some one gallons available.

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

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"


NEVER OVER 5 TO 6 FEET TALL
FILTERED LIGHT FERN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G PLANTS


This species never makes a large plant.  But, it does resemble the classic "Tree Fern".  It has a short, small trunk 3 to 4 inches in diameter, an overall height typically of under six feet and crown width of four feet.  It prefers filtered light and will tolerate temperatures into the 20's F.  People in the San Francisco area are growing this species.  Be aware that this species, like all ferns, needs water.  The plants on special are in the one gallon size.  We do offer other sizes when available.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $40
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $30


Just mention this blog only special when purchasing to get this price.  Note that the l6th photo is a 15 gallon plant from the nursery.


Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum
Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum
Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum Silver Lady Fern Blechnum gibbum

 

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 $55
SALES PRICE THIS SIZE $45


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

 

PINANGA JAVANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TROPICAL & EXOTIC SPECIES


GETS TALLER - BEING GROWN BY COLLECTORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

It's been a few years since we've offered this rare single trunk Pinanga from the island of Java, Indonesia.  A different thing about this species is that it is single trunk.  Juvenile plants have solid, simple leaves as shown in the photos.  But, over time, they become pinnate leaves as seen on the larger garden specimen.  The mature trunk is thin and ringed.  Leaves are six feet long or more - green in color.  The thing about this species is that no one has it!  Shown are the 5g plants we're putting on Special.  It wants filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze.

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


Pinanga javana Pinanga javana Pinanga javana
Pinanga javana Pinanga javana Pinanga javana
Pinanga javana Pinanga javana palmpedia  

 

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  

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $75


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 

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 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.  For types of King Palms, this species is stated to have the thickest trunk.  I don't think I agree with this and feel A. maxima is thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more. 

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 15g size which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  This size is shown in the first two rows of photos.  You'll note that the crown shaft is beginning to pick up the purple color.  We also have other sizes of this species for sale. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $165

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


DARK GREEN RINGED TRUNK
OFTEN GROWN AS A "MULTIPLE"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This single trunk pinnate palm is native to areas extending from southern Mexico down to Columbia.  They are often grown for food as the male blossoms are cooked and eaten as a delicacy.  This species doesn't take sun here - it'll burn.  But, in shade it thrives in temperatures down to the mid-twenties F.  It is quick growing and has a rather thick, prominently ringed dark green trunk.  Flowers are quite prominent and, if you have several plants closely situated, the chances are you'll obtain fruit without even trying.  The last photo shows a flower with green fruit.  This species can also be grown inside the home as long as the air is not too hot and dry.  I personally like the looks of a collection of several plants grown together.  Over time, as they age and get overhead, there will be some "stair-stepping" of the crowns and this is quite attractive.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  It needs filtered light, even when tall.  We have singles and some multiples of our 5g that are on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL $75

Just mention this Special for your discount.  The last photo below is c/o TS at RPS.


Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g  Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g  Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g 
Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g  Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g  Chamaedorea tepejilote multi 5g 
Chamaedorea tepejilote  Chamaedorea tepejilote   

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING BAMBOO PALM


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


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

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $65
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $50

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

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

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM 


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

Rhapis excelsa is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 6 to 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 3 to 4 year old one gallon plants.  This is a very easy size to ship.  Of course, we have many other larger sizes available and variegated forms as well.

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

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

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

 

TILLANDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH


FREE HANGING LARGE CLUSTERS OF PLANTS
READY FOR TREE TRUNKS OR HANGING
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS

These New World epiphytic plants are great fun.  They are one of the many genera of Bromeliads.  Native to regions stretching from the Southern US down to South America, these plants attach to tree trunks, branches, posts, fences or anything they can find.  Most do not live in the ground.  They live off of natural rainfall or humidity and are not harmful to the hosting plant/tree.  All will flower.  These flowers appear in spring-summer.  We are offering on sale clusters of plants that contain ten or more plants.  Most growers divide plants into single plants and sell them one at a time.  We are offering bunches of many plants together.  Some bunches are a decade old.  You can put them on a piece of bark, wood or whatever you want. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE CLUSTERS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL $55

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.  These are a piece of cake to ship.


Tillandsia species cluster Tillandsia species cluster Tillandsia species cluster

 

SUNDAY, 21 JUNE, 2020

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

 

CARYOTA MITIS
CLUMPING FISHTAIL PALM FOR THE GARDEN


SHOWING AN OLDER 25 GALLON SPECIMEN
OF COURSE, SMALLER SIZES AVAILABLE

Caytoa mitis is a suckering type of Fishtail Palm from Asia.  In habitat, plants can get up to twenty or twenty five feet.  In our locality they tend to be shorter.  They do sucker forming a clump of stems.  Trunk diameter is typically about four inches.  Leaves are bi-pinnate, branching.  Leaflets are as shown below.  The first plant shown here is in a 25g pot and has been growing for about 12 years or more.  It is suckering and about 12 feet tall.  The second plant is an interior quality plant (houseplant) that has been grown in a greenhouse and is in perfect interior condition.  When grown outdoors, most would grow this in morning sun or strong filtered light.  With this said, some in our area grow it in full sun.  We have this 25 gallon plant, 15 gallons and smaller sizes for sale.  Interior quality plants are usually sold special order - we bring them in specifically for you.  This special will work well as a houseplant.  Our houseplant quality are usually six to ten feet in height. 

 
Caryota mitis Caryota mitis Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis Caryota mitis Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis inteior   Caryota mitis Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis Caryota mitis Caryota mitis

  

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 $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $65

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS
TALL TRUNKING FORM


LOOK BEST IN SMALL COLONIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BANDS


There are two forms of Chamaedorea radicalis:  The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to Mexico.  The trunking form is what I'm putting on special presently.  It has a thin trunk with rings, gets way overhead and tolerates coastal sun.  The last photo shows how big a 5g can get.  These are fast growing and have a cold hardiness perhaps into the upper teens F.  They look best with several growing size by side.  The bands on sale have two or three plants per pot.  This is a good buy.

REGULAR PRICE THESE BANDS $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BANDS $35

Please mention this special at the time of purchase for your discount

Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form Chamaedorea radicalis trunking form

 

ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



SOUGHT AFTER - SPINY LEAFLETS
LOVES SUN AND PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE BAND PLANTS


Shown below is our band size plants of the desirable blue South African cycad, Encephalartos trispinosus.  Most people find it's very similar to E. horridus.  It is a small to medium sized mature blue cycad with leaflets that have prominent lobes.  But, be aware that this species is quite variable and has many forms.  There is even a spineless leaflet form.  It likes full sun and is cold hardy to about 22 degrees F.  These band sized plants are easy to ship.  The fifth photo shows a larger nursery plant and the last photo is a garden specimen.  Of note, these seedlings are pretty nice and probably ready to be repotted into a larger container. 

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
Encephalartos trispinosus Encephalartos trispinosus ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS

 

CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
RARE SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CHINESE CYCAD

 

GREEN UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS


This small to medium sized exotic cycad is from southwestern China.  Only in the past 20 years has this species been available in the U.S.  It has green upright leaves and can develop a trunk about three feet tall.  Leaves are green and leaflets narrow and shiny.  Sometimes you’ll see the leaflets twisted on their axis.  It comes from elevations of 1000 to 1500 feet or more and has potential to have reasonable cold hardiness, at least into the mid and possibly low 20’s F.  The crown width is about eight feet across with leaf lengths of three to five feet.  At the nursery it seems to grow quite well.  We’re putting nice one gallon plants on special.  The 7th photo, by George Yao at PACSOA, shows a plant in full sun although growers may get away with part day sun as well.

REGULAR PRICE THESE ONE GALLON PLANTS $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE ONE GALLON $70

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


Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis
Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis Cycas guizhouensis
 Cycas guizhouensis by George Yao PACSOA  Cycas guizhouensis  Cycas guizhouensis

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
RARE GREEN SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER 1 GALLON PLANTS


This species is endemic to KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.  Specifically it is come from one population in the Vryheid district, which it shares with a cultivar of Encephalartos natalensis (Encephalartos natalensis var. Vryheid).  Larger specimens are found in full sun, where smaller specimens can be in shade. This is a medium sized species.  The leaves on this species get about a meter and a half.  Stems can reach a height of approximately three meters over a very long time.  As plants mature the leaflets are not as heavily armed as younger specimens.  E. aemulans is a moderate grower, but will flush regularly each year.  For coastal and inland areas, this species wants to be in sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 22 degrees F.  The plants on sale are huge 1gallon plants - caudex sizes are about 2 inches.  The last photo is c/o Wikipedia Commnos.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 1 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

Remember, mention this Blog Special for this discounted price.


Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans
Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans Encephalartos aemulans wikipedia commons

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X C. 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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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

This great palm 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 band size on special. 


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

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


Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos Dypsis leptocheilos

 

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA


TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 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.

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

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 lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa Livistona lanuginosa
Livistona lanuginosa Darrel Oconnor PalmPedia Livistona lanuginosa  

 

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 $95
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

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
THE AFRICAN TULIP TREE
SUMMER BLOOMER – LARGE ORANGE-RED BLOSSOMS


FULL SUN – SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large blossoms.  They typically have clusters of large orange to red blossoms.  It blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  It wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F.  Growth rate is medium.  The plants on special are between 3 and 5 feet tall in their pots.

REGULAR PRICE 5G AFRICAN TULIP TREE $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS 5G SIZE $55

Remember:  10 days at this price – Mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this price. 


Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata
Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata Spathodea campanulata

 

DYPSIS DECIPIENS 
THE MANAMBE PALM


NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR 
VARIABLE SPECIES - WITH NUMBER OF TRUNKS AND LEAF/CROWN SHAFT COLOR

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

As with many species of palms from Madagascar, it seems that they represent more of a "complex" than an exact species with a consistent appearance.  By this I mean, if you pick a species like, let's say, Dypsis baronii, you'd think they'd all look alike.  But, this is not true.  Some sucker, others don't.  Some have silver crown shafts, others are green or yellow.  Some have droopy leaves, others are upright.  Thus, we have a "complex" where we'd call it a Dypsis baronii, but recognize there are lots of variations within that species.

Such is the case with Dypsis decipiens.  Some sucker, some don't.  Some have green crown shafts, others have silver.  Some have plumose leaves, others are flat.  And, some even have a blue color to the leaves.  My overall impression is that most will sucker.  But, in the wild with less nutrition and water, you tend to see more single trunk plants.  In domestic gardens they are more likely to have more than one trunk.  Also, as the last photos by MR inhabitat shows, the trunk can be swollen.

I would say all forms of D.decipiens are similar in culture and growth.  They are fairly cold hardy into the low 20's F and maybe into the upper teens F.  Because of this, many people in colder areas are trying them.  When repotting or planting, be super careful with the roots.  Trauma can kill them.  They like to be reared in less than full sun when young but then exposed to full sun when larger, especially along the coast.  They do not like the combination of cold and wet; rot may develop.  For all, growth rate is very slow.  It takes 5 to 6 years for me to grow a good sized 5g plant.  We are putting this size on sale for ten days.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this discounted Blog Only Price when you purchase to get the discount
.


Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiens Dypsis decipiiens MR

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE
THE ALEXANDER PALM
RARE TYPE OF KING PALM


CLEAN, SMOOTH GREEN CROWN SHAFT

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANT


This attractive palm is an alternative to the much more common King Palm that we see in Southern California.  Native to Queensland and New South Whales, Australia.  Interestingly, it has become naturalized in Hawaii.  It is a tall palm, reaching heights of sixty feet.  The trunk is narrow to medium sized with a nice green crown shaft.  Leaves are green but the underside of the leaflets is silver.  It takes full coastal sun and is cold hardy to about 25 degrees.  The plants on special are both singles and multiples per pot.  The last photo below shows naturalized plants on the Big Island, HI.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price at the time of purchase.

 

Archonotophoenix alexandrae Archonotophoenix alexandrae Archonotophoenix alexandrae
Archonotophoenix alexandrae Archonotophoenix alexandrae Archonotophoenix alexandrae
Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae Archontophoenix alexandrae

 

DYPSIS AMPASINDAVA
SPECTACULAR TALL, CROWN SHAFTED PALM



NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR AND NOSY BE ISLAND
ANOTHER UNBELIEVABLY RARE SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This super rare palm is often described as unbelievably beautiful and spectacular.  Also, it is essentially unknown in cultivation.  It is a tristichous palm with the leaves held in three planes or "ranks".  Leaves are green with drooping leaflets.  Mature height is 40 feet or more and it has a long, smooth green crown shaft.  Some have said this palm is the same as Dypsis nauseosa above, but mature plants appear totally different to me.  We only have a couple of these available and this is the first time we've offered them in years. 

From a cultural point of view, figure it wants to see some sun or perhaps grow into the sun from partial sunlight.  Cold tolerance is not well known at this time.  But, these plants came from a private collection where near freezing temperatures were seen.


TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLONS $145

The two mature plant photos below are c/o Palmpedia with unknown photographer.

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Dypsis ampasindsvae Dypsis ampasindsvae Dypsis ampasindsvae
Dypsis ampasindsvae Dypsis ampasindsvae Palmpedia Dypsis ampasindsvae palmpedia

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA ROBUST FORM
SEEM TO SUCKER FREELY - GOOD GROWER


TYPICALLY FILTERED LIGHT OR A BIT OF SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

I really can't tell you too much about this particularly good growing type of the more commonly seen Dypsis lanceolata.  This is a suckering palm from Madagascar that gets to about 20 feet of height and suckers.  This robust form is more like it's on steroids.  It suckers at a young age, has wide green leaflets and will perhaps take a bit more of sun.  It just seems to be the superior clone of this species.  We only have a few of these.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  Unfortunately, I do not have photos presently of a mature garden specimen.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

Dypsis lanceolata robust form 15g Dypsis lanceolata robust form 15g Dypsis lanceolata robust form 15g
Dypsis lanceolata robust form 15g Dypsis lanceolata robust form 15g Dypsis lanceolata robust form 15g

 

THURSDAY, 18 JUNE, 2020

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


LARGE SPECIMEN SIZED PLANTS AVAILABLE
SPECIMENS WITH FIFTEEN TO TWENTY-FIVE FEET OF TRUNK 

This pinnate New World species is another favorite of many enthusiasts.  It is native to Florida, Cuba and some surrounding areas.  It is now well known that this palm can be grown in many areas of Southern California.  If you can grow a King Palm, there's a good chance you can grow a Royal Palm.  There are multiple species of Roystonea.  The most common and sought after species is the Cuban Royal, Roystonea regia.  Royal Palms love heat and sun.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They are fast growers. 

I have an associate who’s company is offering very large Royal Palms with trunk heights of 15 to 25 feet.  These are field grown in desert type areas of Southern California.  These growers have become experts on digging and establishing their plants.  They are sold in an assortment of trunk sizes and are all single trunk specimens.  They are sold either bagged with a large root ball or in large boxes.  They have been successfully dug and planted in many enthusiasts yards or on commercial sites. 

If you are interested in learning more about availability and prices, email me directly at my email address on this webpage.  The two garden photos are of Royal Palms thriving in the San Diego County area.


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

 

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

 

CYCAS CAIRNSIANA
STUNNING BLUE MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD



LOVES SUN AND DRY WEATHER
SUPER RARE - HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SEEDLINGS

We have available a handful of this super rare blue cycad from Northern Australia.  In Queensland it grows in rocky granite soil and sees a lot of heat.  For successful growth here, ideally one would have good summer heat, dry conditions and a near frost free winter.  This species is known for its re-curved blue leaves and medium size.  It gets five to ten feet tall.  Offered on sale are seedlings with several leaves.  We rarely have them for sale and almost never on special.  The specimen photos below are c/o TS at RPS and the Queensland Govt. Website.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special!
Update 21 June:  Almost sold out

 
Cycas cairnsiana Cycas cairnsiana Cycas cairnsiana
Cycas cairnsiana Cycas cairnsiana Cycas cairnsiana
Cycas cairnsiana Cycas cairnsiana RPS Cycas cairnsiana Queensland Government Website

 

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


FULL HOT SUN - EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
SUPER OLD 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G 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 5g plants and quite easy to ship.  As seen, they are already suckering out with a nice sized primary trunk.  We do sell larger plants if needed. 
 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE 5G $75

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 BELPR Chamaerops cerifera Chamaerops cerifera TS RPS

 

BRAHEA NITIDA
FLAT GREEN LEAF - NATIVE TO MEXICO


CAN TOLERATE LESS THAN FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This interesting fan palm is native to Mexico, where it lives in the western portion of the country in mountainous areas.  Its distribution extends down into Guatemala.  It attains a height of thirty feet with a stout trunk of one foot diameter.  The most attractive thing about this palm are its circular leaves, with only partial division of the segments.  This is particularly apparent when it is grown in filtered light.   In sun, the leaves are less flat and more divided.  When grown in shade, sometimes this species reminds me of a "Licuala-looking" palm in its leaf appearance.  

Cold hardiness is at least into the mid-twenties F.  It may in fact be more cold hardy.  The leaves are a shiny green with a white discoloration on the underside of the leaves.  The petioles are essentially un-armed.  From time to time we have this species available.  Shown here are nice 5g which I'm putting on sale.   The close up of the petioles shows the lack of armor.  Note the minimal division of the leaflets.  The plant in the garden below shows more circular, flat near entire leaves.  Compare this to the habitat photo, which was taken by a friend of mine, Justen Dobbs, in habitat and in full sun.  The leaves in full sun are more divided and not as tropical appearing.

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

Remember, mention this Blog Only Special for price at the time of purchase.  Limited numbers available.  The photo from habitat is by Justen Dobbs


Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Brahea nitida
Brahea nitida Brahea nitida Justen Dobbs Brahea nitida

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
RARE UNDERSTORY PALM - GROUPED LEAFLETS

SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


This is a single trunk species from Mexico that is most known for having grouped leaflets along the rachis.  It has a thin trunk about an inch in diameter and a somewhat open crown.  The leaflets are attached to the rachis at irregular angles so that the leaflets look as if they were a group of bow ties attached to the leaf stem.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It likes filtered light or perhaps a little bit of sun.  I think this is a species that would look better planted as a small colony with multiple plants. Mature height is from ten to fifteen feet.  I've shown two close-ups of the leaflets as this is the most charming characteristic of this species.  This size is easy to mail order and may be of interest to folks in cooler but not super cold areas.

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


 
Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana
Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana
Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana Chamaedorea klotzshiana

 

DIOON ARGENTEUM
A SUPER RARE SILVER-GREEN DIOON FROM MEXICO


FINE WHITE HAIRS GIVE WHITE FUZZ TO THE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

In about the year 2003, this new species was discovered and described by cycad taxonomists.  Since then, it has been the dream of collectors to obtain it.  Native to Oaxaca, Mexico, it grows in a dry scrub forest among pine trees at 2500 to 5000 foot elevations.  It is most known for its silver color to the leaves.  This is because leaflets and leaf stems have a plentiful amount of white hairs.  One can mistake these for a mealy bug infestation, but they are from these hairs.  I don’t know if it shows, but one photo below tries to show a leaflet close up to see the hairs.  Mature specimens have about a foot wide caudex and can get up to 15 feet.  Along the coast it'd take full sun and should be cold hardy to the low 20's F.  The plants one sale are one leaf seedlings and we’re offering them at a reduced price.  Many of you are probably unfamiliar with this species.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE THIS RARE SPECIES $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS BAND SIZE $80

Easy to mail order.  Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing. 


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Dioon argenteum seedlings Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum
Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum Dioon argenteum

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO SIZES!

Encephalartos arenarius is from the coastal dunes and forest close to Alexandria in the Eastern Cape.  This species is small to medium in mature size.  Leaf length can range from one to two meters (i.e. three to six feet approximately) depending on cultivar and exposure to sun.  Like many of the Encephalartos from the Eastern Cape, this species is variable in color, size and leaf type.  E. arenarius can range in color from a dull green to a powdery white color (bearing a likeness to E. horridus).   The plants we are putting on special are the blue type.  To get this color they will want full sun or an ample amount of sun.  

It prefers a well draining soil.  Speed of growth of this cycad is good.  You could expect to have a nice garden sized plant from these plants in about five to seven years.  

We're offering two sizes on sale:  One gallon and Two gallon.  The first four photos are of the one gallon plants followed by five photos of the two gallon size.  They all have multiple leaves with many starting to show the blue color.  Outdoors in full sun they develop more of the blue color.  These are easy to mail order.  I’m also showing gardens plant and one large nursery specimen below.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 1 GALLON $80

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount when you order AND tell us which size you seek.  These are easy to mail order.


FIRST 4 PHOTOS BELOW 1G SIZE
NEXT 5 PHOTOS 2G SIZE


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Encephalartos arenarius    
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius  
Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUCHII
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN CYCAD


  RARE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD 1 GALLON SIZE


Native to Mozambique, this small to medium sized cycad grows in scrub forest among rocks and boulders.  It is distinguished by its blue to blue-green color and by having leaflets that are prominently spiny.  In my experience, leaf color is sometimes very blue, other times blue-green.  You'll sometimes hear the description as "soapy green" to describe the leaves.  Overall, the leaf color is variable and I've shown several photos here to demonstrate this.  I've seen specimens that are as blue as an Encephalartos horridus


Trunk size is usually under three feet.  Upright leaves are about four feet long or less.  Leaves are keeled and leaflets are lanceolate and spiny.  This species likes full sun and is cold tolerant into the low 20's F.  The one gallon on sale are a good, strong one gallon plant.  They came from parents domestically that both had extreme blue color.  These can be mail ordered but not outside the U.S. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE 1G PLANTS $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $95

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


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Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue
Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue Encephalartos munchii blue

 

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

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
PROBABLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM

 
DIFFICULT TO FIND NOWADAYS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


This species comes from a very high mountainous area of northern India.  It grows at elevations above 7000 feet and sees bitterly cold winters.  Because of its native habitat, it has been touted and hoped by many to be the most cold hardy of the species of this genus.  It certainly can tolerate temperatures below 15 degrees F., but its lowest tolerance is still being determined.  In appearance, it is similar to Trachycarpus fortunei.  On mature trees and compared to the common Windmill Palm, however, it is taller with a thicker trunk, has a bigger crown of leaves with more actual leaves in the crown and larger individual leaves.  The leaves are also more stiff than the fortunei.  The trunk tends to lose its fibers more readily, giving it a cleaner appearing trunk.  A field note for distinguishing this species is that the hastula (a flap of tissue at the junction of the leaf stem with the palmate leaf) is twisted and askew.  Fortunei are not this way.  Growers also comment on how the trunk of containerized plants is a bit more tidy with prominent hairs.

Because of its natural habitat, this species may be the most cold hardy of all the Windmills.  However, in contrast, it might not be as good for areas that see both summer heat and winter cold.  I have found it to be a vigorous grower, medium speed.  We presently have a limited number of 5 gallon plants that we are putting on special.

Click here for an article on Trachycarpus from our website



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


Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.


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Trachycarpus takil  Trachycarpus takil MG and TS RPS  Trachycarpus takil 

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

You don't see this species offered that often.  It is native to the Sonora and Sinaloa areas of Mexico.   It has green costo-palmate leaves that are divided.  Trunk diameter is a pleasant 12 inches with a rough surface.  Mature height is ten to twenty feet.  Regarding culture, it is not quite as cold hardy as other Brahea species like armata, clara and decumbens.  I'd suspect it may go down to the lower 20’s or perhaps upper teens F.  It does best in full sun.  We just got in a limited number of nice 5g plants which we’re putting on special.  They are easy to ship.

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


You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase.  The 8th photo is by Dennis Valdez of he No Cal Palm Society.


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Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Dennis Valdez No Cal Palm Soc Brahea elegans

  

TRITHRINAX SCHIZOPHYLLA
THE CARANDILLA PALM


BLUE-GREEN SUCKERING FAN PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


This rare and hard to find species of South American fan palm was previously known as Trithrinax biflabellata.  But, the latter was later found to be spineless and the two were given separate species status.  It is native to Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia.  T. schizophylla is definitely a spiny palm with long needle-like spines on the trunk.  It is not quite as blue as campestris and is usually a suckering palm but sometimes is single trunk.  Mature height is six to fifteen feet.  Although the leaf is a rigid leaf, the leaflet tips are softer than the pungent T. campestris.  Leaf color is blue-green, not nearly as blue as campestris.  It is a very cold hardy species that tolerates temperatures down to at least 18 degrees F.  On sale are very old, outdoor grown 15g plants.  I think we've been growing these for about 12 to 14 years.  It likes full sun and loves heat.  It is possible to mail order this larger 15g size but it'd take a large box. 

REGULAR PRICE OLD 15G PLANTS $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 15G $185


As usual, mention our Blog when ordering to get this price.  The habitat photo is by Juan Pech. 

 
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Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla by Juan Pech

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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


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

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
BLUE HESPER PALM

 

VERY BLUE COLORED LEAVES – SLOW GROWING
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE PLANTS

This species of blue fan palm is not only known for its intense blue color but also for the fact that it is extremely cold hardy.  It goes down to about 16 degrees.  It is native to Mexico, specifically to Baja Mexico.  It prefers dry heat and is a challenge to grow in humid areas.  Mature plants take 30 years or more to reach a height of 20 to 25 feet.  The trunks are stout but clean.   These 25g plants have nice color and are sun acclimated.  They are begging to be planted into someone's garden.  This species is also very drought tolerant.  The plants we’re putting on special are intensely blue 15g plants, large for their containers.  The plants on special are shown in the first four photos.  I’m also showing a 25 gallon and a larger boxed plant.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $150

Just mention this Blog Special to get this nice discount.  On the mature trees below, note the prominent blue color of the leaves.  This is the hallmark of this species.  The 15g size can be mail ordered although it takes a very large box.


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Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
DWARF SINGLE TRUNK

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


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


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CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA Chamaedoea tenella Chamaedorea tenella HJD

 

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.


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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



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

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

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

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

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Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi Dypsis decaryi

 

SUNDAY, 14 JUNE, 2020

 

SOME UNUSUAL COLD HARDY PALMS AND CYCADS
AN ASSORTMENT OF IDEAS - A "SAMPLER"
ALL THESE SPECIES TOLERATE 22 DEGREES F. OR LESS
SOME DOWN TO 15 DEGREES!

Whether you live in CA, TX or the Gulf States, there are a lot of unusual palms and cycads that you can grow that are very cold tolerant species.  Over our history, we have helped many hundreds of customers from cold areas pick out great but different species that have proven for them to be good growers.  You don't have to only accept the common species available in your area.  Below is a sampler in random order to give you some ideas.  We certainly have dozens more species that would probably do well for you.

All the plants shown here will tolerate temperatures down to about 22 degrees or lower.  Some will even go down to the mid-teens F.  The Encephalartos need cold protection below 20 degrees.  Plants shown here are mostly 15 gallon size with a few 5 gallons. 

We have all these species available for sale and
can work out the most affordable shipping method to get plants right to your door.  If you live in Sacramento, the SF Bay area, Houston, northern Florida or other colder areas, you may be able to grow all or most of these plants.  We also have smaller sizes available that we ship through Federal Express.  Contact us and we'll work out the best species for your area. 
Remember, this is only a "sampler" and that we have many more desirable cold hardy species than shown here.  Be aware that, when you read this post, some of the species below could have sold out of inventory.

PALMS AND CYCADS BELOW PRESENTED IN RANDOM ORDER

THERE ARE MANY MORE COLD HARDY SPECIES THAN SHOWN HERE


     
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 15g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Phoenix sylvestris 5g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
15g
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhapidophyllum hystrix