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


Photos here show our cycad soil.  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.  

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil  

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
SUPER CUTE DWARF UNDERSTORY PALM



SIMPLE, UNDIVIDED LEAVES
A REAL COLLECTOR ITEM

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

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA


RARE PINNATE PALM FROM PUERTO RICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

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

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

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


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

 

BISMARCKIA SPECIES MAYOTTE ISLAND
THIS SPECIES HAS GREEN LEAVE – NOT BLUE!


VERY ATTRACTIVE FAN PALM WITH LARGE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZED PLANTS

One of the favorite characteristics of Bismarckia is the blue color to the leaves. But, there is a green variety on Mayotte Island northwest of the main Island of Madagascar.  The Bismarckia there are green with huge fan leave up to ten feet across.  Mature heights can reach 60 feet in the wild.  This rare green Bismarckia is known as the  "Mayotte Island" form.  There is very little published about it.  It likes sun and is probably cold hardy into the low 20's F.  Most feel it's not quite as cold hardy as the blue form. One last photo below shows the stature of this palm with its large green leaves.  On these green Bismarckias, when juvenile you'll see red in the leaf stem or a hint of it on the leaves.  Of course, this is a full sun palm.  This is a very rare palm to find as everyone seeks out the blue type. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE $170

You must mention this Blog Only price at time of purchase to get this special price.  The last photo is c/o Tim Brian.

Bismarckia green Mayotte Island Bismarckia green Mayotte Island Bismarckia green Mayotte Island
Bismarckia green Mayotte Island Bismarckia green Mayotte Island Bismarckia green Mayotte Island
Bismarckia green Mayotte Island Bismarckia green Mayotte Island Bismarckia green Mayotte Island by Tim Brian

 

DYPSIS LANCEOLATA
NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS

 


USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many years.  It usually does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited number of trunks.  Sometimes plants remain single trunk.  The crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.  We’d recommend planting it in filtered light or a bit of sun.  Inland full sun is definitely too much for this species.  Shown below is the 15 gallon size we’re putting on sale.  Of the many Dypsis we carry, we’ found that this species is a customer favorite.  It makes a very attractive garden palm. 

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


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Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata
Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata Dypsis lanceolata

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE BELMORE SENTRY PALM / CURLY PALM

 
THE "OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE

This species of single trunk, "non-crown shafted" pinnate palm is native to medium elevations on Lord Howe Island.  At one time is was possible to import seeds of this desirable palm along with Hedyscepe and Lepidorrhachis.  Because of conservation laws, the island can no longer legally export seeds or seedlings.  This has created a shortage of the more rare species from this locality.

Howea belmoreana is different from the Howea forsteriana (classic Kentia Palm) as it has curved leaves and an umbrella-shaped crown.  It also might be a bit more cold hardy.  It prefers filtered light or a little sun inland and can take more sun right on the coast.  Cold tolerance is about 24 degrees F.  Growth rate, like the Kentia, is slow.  The 15g shown on special here are fairly nice.  The one shown is a double although we also have some singles.  Remember that this type of Howea is much more rare than the Kentia Palm - and, harder to find for sale.

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

Remember:  Mention this special for your discount when you purchase.


Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
hOWEA BELMOREANA Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE BELMORE SENTRY PALM / CURLY PALM

 
THE "OTHER TYPE OF KENTIA"
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

We're also offering 5g Howea belmoreana on sale.  Some are doubles, some singles.  Mail order possible.

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

 

Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
MEDIUM HEIGHT - TROPICAL APPEARANCE


BEST GROWING VARIETY OF THE GENUS
SORT OF LIKE A SUCKERING KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G

When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain single trunk form.  They become quite beautiful and tropical appearing.  This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It definitely resembles the Kentia Palm although their habitats are far apart.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.

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

We also have other sizes for sale.

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

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM
 

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

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

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

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

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

 

PRITCHARDIA MARTII
HAWAIIAN FAN PALM



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

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

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


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

 

SABAL BRAZORIENSIS
RARE DWARF FAN PALM NATIVE TO TEXAS


NATURAL HYBRID BETWEEN TWO SABAL SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS


Sabal brazoriensis is a naturally occurring dwarf hybrid fan palm that was discovered in Brazoria County, Texas.  It is a cross between Sabal minor (a small dwarf species) and Sabal palmetto.  Identifying this hybrid puzzled taxonomists until genetic studies found that (in the long ago past) these two species hybridized.  It's location presently is known only to occur in Brazoria County.  Leaves are green and very large for its height.  Mature heights range from ten to twenty feet. It is extremely slow growing - so it'll be short for quite a while.  Leaves are very costopalmate - as opposed to other species.  Trunks are thick.  We germinated and are growing some of this sought after species.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45

The photo of the garden specimen is by Brian F. Austin at PalmTalk.

Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis
Sabal bazoriensis Sabal bazoriensis Sabal brazorienis PalmTalk by Sabal brazoriensis palmtalk by Brian F. Austin

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
A 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.


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

 

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

 

SUPER UNUSUAL ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
F2 HYBRID WITH E. WOODII POLLEN



ENCEPHALARTOS (E. NATALENSIS X E. WOODII) X (ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS X E. WOODII)
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This should prove to be one of the most interesting hybrid Encephalartos available on the market.  It is an F2 hybrid.  These were done from domestic plants in Southern California.  The hybridizer took pollen from the E. horridus x woodii to pollinate a receptive female of E. natalensis x woodii.  As most know, E. woodii is extinct in the wild and only male plants are known to exist.  E. horridus x woodii (Encephalartos "horwood") is one of the most sought after hybrids around.  I've shown multiple photos of the plants on Special as well as close up photos of the leaves of both parents.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS HYBRID $100

I have limited numbers available.  They'll not last long.

Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii)
Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii)
Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) x (horridus x woodii) Encephalartos (natalensis x woodii) Encephalartos (horridus x woodii)

 

TASSEL FERN
POLYSTICHUM POLYBLEPHARUM


ATTRACTIVE GREEN FERN
SHINY GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This attractive fern gets to a height of two feet and likes filtered light and water.  New leaves emerge upward and are very shiny.  It can be used as a ground cover or below other trees.  The crown of leaves is compact and the leaf stems have a red color as shown. We’d recommend filtered light and maintaining adequate moisture.  This is not a difficult fern to grow.

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


TASSLE FERN TASSLE FERN TASSLE FERN
TASSLE FERN TASSLE FERN TASSLE FERN

 

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

 

THE SILVER FERN
PTERIS ARGYRAEA


INTERESTING SILVER ON GREEN ON THE LEAF TOP
MEDIUM SIZED FERN
CLUMPING - USUALLY THREE TO FOUR FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANT

This is a most interesting "variegated" fern from India.  Originally I thought this was a tree fern from New Zealand, but that is not the case.  This species does not get overhead, clumps and likes filtered light.  It wants ample water during the growing season.  People who see this plant very much like it.  It makes a nice filtered light companion plant.  These can be shipped.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase.

Silver Fern Silver Fern Silver Fern
Silver Fern Silver Fern  

 

LEATHER FERN
RUMORHA ADIANTIFORMIS



LOW PROFILE FERN FOR FULL SUN MANY AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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


Mail order is possible.  The last photo is c/o watersavingplants website.

LEATHER FERN LEATHER FERN LEATHER FERN
LEATHER FERN LEATHER FERN lEATHER FERN SM.WATERSAVINGPLANTS WEBSITE

 

THE MOOSEHORN FERN
PLATYCERUM SUPERBUM

 
GROWS EPIPHYTICALLY - MOUNT ON WOOD OR TREE TRUNK

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE PLANTS AT SHOWN

Platycerum are a type of fern that we know as the "Staghorn Fern".  But, the normal type you see, P. bifurcatum, has deer antler types of leaves.  They are narrow and reach out from the attaching shield.  There's another type known as the "Moosehorn Fern" where the leaves are entire, stretching across the width of the plant.  These leaves can get up to six feet across.  They are not easy to find.  The standard Staghorn is not difficult to locate.  Both are an epiphytic type of plant that can be mounted on a tree trunk or grown on a wooden base. 

They are not hard to care for but you don't want to let them go dry.  I water them by just spraying with a hose (make sure the water comes into the plant from above – like rain) and occasionally give them some liquid fertilizer mixed into the water.  They can take a few hours of coastal sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness is typically into the mid to perhaps low twenties I normally carry plants that have shield under a foot wide.  I just got in some older and much bigger plants.  The shields are two feet across.  You can see from the photos how the plant is lapping over th edges of the wood and should be mounted on a large piece of wood or onto the tree trunk.  This plant is throwing a fertile leaf presently that will bear spores for those interested in propagation.  This size is difficult to mail order. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE MOOSEHORN $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE AS SHOWN BELOW $225


Mention this special to get this price when purchasing.  We do have a few that are smaller in size.  The last habitat photo is c/o
floragreatlakes.info website.


Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern
Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern
Platycerium superbum Moosehorn Fern Moosehorn Fern Platycerium superbum by floragreatlakes.info website  

 

PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATUM
THE STAGHORN FERN


EPIPHYTIC FERN FOR GROWING ON TREE TRUNKS, WALLS OR POSTS
OVER MANY YEARS FORMS A LARGE CLUSTER OF PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL WOOD MOUNTED OLDER PLANTS

This species is different than the Moosehorn Fern shown above.  It is native to Australia.  The leaves tend to be protruding out from the shield and branch or bifurcate.  They are green in color and form spores on the underside of the leaves.  Like the Moosehorn, you have to not let them go dry. Make sure you water them as if it was rain – from above so the water goes behind the shield.   The plant shown is about 15 years old and has multiple growth points.  I.e.,  it’s developing multiple areas where the antler-like leaves will appear.  It is mounted on wood.  They have a hook on the back for hanging.  Or, they can be attached to a tree trunk or branch as shown below.  Also, give them some soluble fertilizer from time to time. I've even heard they like old bananas.  They'd be hard to ship but it can be done. This species likes filtered light or a little sun.  It's cold hardy probably into the upper twenties F. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE STAGHORN $125 TO $150.

Just mention this Blog Special for this price when you purchase.


Platycerium bifurcata Platycerium bifurcata
Platycerium bifurcata Platycerium bifurcata Platycerium bifurcata
Platycerium bifurcata Staghorn fern

 

ASSORTED ALOCASIA VARIETIES
GREAT COMPANION PLANTS



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

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON ALOCASIA $55

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


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

 

TUESDAY, 11 AUGUST, 2021 

JACARANDA MIMOSIFOLIA
LINING THE STREETS OF SAN DIEGO


THEY BLOSSOM EVERY MAY, EVERY YEAR
NEIGHBORHOODS LIT UP WITH PURPLE


If you like color, than you'll love spring - when all the flowers bloom and many of the trees come into blossom.  Here in San Diego, May is a special month because that's when our thousands of Jacaranda blossom all over town.  These trees are deciduous and, during the winter, lose all their leaves.  Then, as winter moves forward, the trees set leaves.  Then in May, if it's been a warm spring, all the trees simultaneously go into florid blossom with their lilac-purple trumpet shaped flowers.  After a cool spring, they blossom in June.  These flowers are in clusters and fill the tree with color.  Along some streets, from any single vantage point, you may see ten to twelve trees in blossom.

The Jacaranda became our City's honorary flower in the year 2000.  The original plants were introduced by one of our famous horticulturists, Kate Sessions. She planted hundreds of them around older areas of town.  Now, especially in these older parts of town like downtown, Hillcrest and Mission Hills, Little Italy and Pacific Beach, you'll find them lining the parkways by the hundreds along many city streets.  The roots are not invasive and preserve the sidewalks.  Neighborhoods are very proud of their Jacaranda.  Interestingly enough, these trees tolerate drought quite well.

So, on a previous expedition to look at these beauties, I just had to take some photos and share them with you.  I merely drove a few blocks from where I live to take all these pictures.  The best pictures are taken either early morning or late in the day.  The purple color is more pronounced at these times.  During mid-day with bright sun, the blossoms are more blue.  As this month goes on, the flowers will cover the sidewalks with "purple snow".  This creates quite a mess but is also a treat to see.  I hope you like these pictures.  Although it's not one of our stock trees that we carry, I can source them for anyone interested


Jacaranda in Blossom Jacaranda in Blossom Jacaranda in Blossom
Jacaranda in Blossom Jacaranda in Blossom Jacaranda in Blossom

 

KING PALM
ARCHONTOPHOENIX CUNNINGHAMIANA


MEDIUM TO TALL, SINGLE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX SIZE

The popular King Palm is also known as the Piccabeen Palm or Bangalow palm.  It is native to several areas in Australia.  It can in habitat get to sixty feet tall, but in Southern California is usually not over 40 feet tall.  It is crown shafted with a gray trunk.  The crown shaft is green with some brown speckled areas.  Leaf length is 8 to 10 feet.  It is not particularly rare.  Other species of King Palms are.  (we grow them all).  Ramenta is present on the back of the leaflets, a hallmark of this species.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  They tolerate full sun along the coast.  But, if you live inland, giving them part day sun will give a prettier palm.  The size we’re putting on special are the 24 inch box size.  Some are singles, other multiples.  Heights in the box are about ten feet. 

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX $400

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

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
MEDIUM SIZED SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA

 

TOLERATES TEMPERATURES INTO THE 20'S F.
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND!
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 25 GALLON PLANTS

This morning 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.  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 25 gallon nursery plant which is the size we’re putting on Sale.  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 25 GALLON $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $500

Just mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.


Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha
Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha Arenga micrantha TS RPS

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM


NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
MATURE HEIGHT A BIT OVER TWENTY FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE

This single trunk, sun loving pinnate palm from southern Madagascar gets to a height of about twenty feet or a bit more, likes full, hot sun and is cold tolerant to about 23 degrees F.  It grows at a slow to medium rate and would not be considered a fast grower.  Maximum height of this species is 20 to 25 feet.  Leaf color is gray-green and the three sided crown shaft shows off an assortment of colors from green purple, gray and a bit of rusty brown.  It is quite popular and many people come in asking for this species.  I have a limited number of 25g plants available. 

REGULAR PRICE 25G SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $475

Just mention this Blog Special when purchasing to get this special price.  This size is way to big for mail order but can be delivered.


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

 

PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM


SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Recently I showed you a fruiting sized mature plant of this species that we have for sale.  Now I want to show a more affordable this.  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 $85

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


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

 

PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM


SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $135

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount at the time of purchase.  Our 7g size is shown in the first 5 photos.


Pinanga coronata 7g Pinanga coronata 7g Pinanga coronata 7g
Pinanga coronata 7g Pinanga coronata 7g Pinanga coronata
Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata Pinanga coronata

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
PROBABLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM

 
DIFFICULT TO FIND NOWADAYS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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.  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 $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $85


Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  The next to last photo was taken by M. Gibbon and T. Spanner in habitat.  The last photo is a 15g plant at our Nursery.


Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus takil Trachycarpus takil

 

DYPSIS PRESTONIANA
VERY RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $57.50

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


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

 

 

SABAL YAPA
A DIFFERENT APPEARING SABAL SPECIES


PRONOUNCED COSTOPALMATE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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

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

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

 

BASSELINIA ERIOSTACHYS
DESIRABLE SMALLER PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA



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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE $65

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

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

 

SERENOA REPENS
SOUGHT AFTER BLUE FORM


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

This suckering fan palm is native to the southeastern gulf states of the U.S. and some adjacent island areas.  Native habitats even extend up into the Carolinas.  It gets to a mature height of six to eight feet.  It loves sun and heat.  Leaf color varies from blue to green or somewhere in-between.  The plants on sale today are in 5 gallon pots but not overly large.  We do have larger, but on this batch are offering a very good price.  It is slow growing and has smaller sized leaves.  It forms a clump over time.  The plants on special are about four years old.  Of note, young plants never show blue - but these plants are just showing it.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON THIS SIZE $55

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount. 


serenoa repens serenoa repens serenoa repens
serenoa repens serenoa repens serenoa repens
serenoa repens serenoa repens sERENOA REPENS

 

ROYSTONEA OLERACEA
THE SOUTH AMERICAN ROYAL PALM



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

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

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

Easy to mail order.

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

 

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 EUGENE-MARAISII
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD FROM THE TRANSVAAL AREA



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

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

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


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $90

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


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

 

AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN
CYATHEA COOPERI


FAST GROWING, CAN GET TALLER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 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.  It tolerates coastal sun or part day sun.  It is cold hardy into the upper twenties or lower.  It’s fairly fast growing and one just needs to keep up on the water.  If it goes downhill it’s almost always lack of water.  Otherwise it’s quite easy to grow.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $145

Mention this special when you purchase. 

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  

 

ALOCASIA "LOW RIDER"
SUPER DWARF ELEPHANT EAR PLANT

GREEN LEAVES, 18 INCHES TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


This hybrid Alocasia is a super dwarf and compact form of Alocasia portora.  It gets to about 18 inches tall.  It makes a wonderful houseplant or garden plant is a non-freezing area.  It likes good humidity and to not go dry.  But, it also does not want to be kept soppy wet.  During colder weather back off on the water but do not let it go bone dry.  Leaves are smaller and arrowhead shaped.  Leaf color is green.  Stems are somewhat speckled.  It wants filtered light and no more than a bit of direct sun.  This is a rather hard plant to find on the market.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE $25

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

 

THE SNOWBUSH PLANT
BREYNIA DISTICHA


UNUSUAL SMALLER GREEN AND WHITE BUSH
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


This sought after smaller bush is native to Asia in various tropical islands.  Contrary to the name, it does not survive if you live in an area where it snows.  Rather, it looks like a green bush with snow on it.  Leaves are green with white accents.  Mature height it 3 to 4 feet.  This species wants full or part day sun.  Cold tolerance is a bit below a freeze.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $25

The last photo is c/o Wikipedia.

Breynia disticha snowbush 1g Breynia disticha snowbush 1g Breynia disticha snowbush 1g
Breynia disticha snowbush 1g Breynia disticha snowbush 1g
Brreynia disticha snowbush Breynia disticha snowbush  

 

FARFUGIUM JAPONICUM "SHISHI BOTAN"
THE RUFFLED LIGULARIA

RUFFLED, FRILLY LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL ONE GALLON PLANTS


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $25

Farfugium japonicum shishi botan 1g Farfugium japonicum shishi botan Farfugium japonicum shishi botan
Farfugium japonicum shishi botan Farfugium japonicum shishi botan Farfugium japonicum shishi botan

 

NEOROGELIA RED THROAT
ATTRACTIVE GREEN WITH RED THROAT


WILL TOLERATE COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER CLUSTERS


This species of Neorogelia which we call "red throat" has lime green leaves and develops an intense central red color as shown.  The nice thing about this species is that they make attractive clusters and tolerate coastal sun.  A good size clump can be 24 to 30 inches across.  They can also be grown in strong filtered light.  With less light the leaves are a darker green.  We're offering two cluster sizes on sale.  Both sizes are shown below.

TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL CLUSTER $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGER CLUSTER $60

Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster
Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster
Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster Neorogelia red throat cluster

 

ASSORTED ATTRACTIVE BROMELIADS FOR THE GARDEN



SHOWING BELOW FOUR INTERESTING SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SPECIES AS SHOWN

Bromeliads are an ideal understory companion plant for the garden floor.  Or, they also make great patio plants and even interior plants.  Those shown below are for filtered light, not direct sun.  Mature width of these plants is up to 18 inches or less.  Three show nice color which is also desirable in the garden.  Of note, these can be planted in the ground or mounted on tree trunks, posts or fences. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL FOUR SPECIES AS SHOWN BELOW $35

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.  In order, plants below are a striated Vriesia species, Neorogelia Jolie, Neorogelia lila and Neorogelia medusa. 

Vriesia species Vriesia species Vriesia species
Vriesia species Neorogelia donna Neorogelia donna
Neorogelia donna Neorogelia donna Neorogelia species pink
Neorogelia species pink Neorogelia species pink Neorogelia species pink
Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa Neorogelia medusa
Neorogelia medusa Bromeliads on tree trunk Bromeliads in the garden

 

FRIDAY, 7 MAY, 2021

BLACK ROSE
AEONIUM ARBOREUM



BLACK-RED COMPANION PLANT
SMALL AND EASY TO GROW
AND, JUST FOR FUN - SHOWING OTHER COLORS

Country or area of origin: Canary Islands
Mature height: In ground, typically 2 to 3 feet
Sun Requirements:  Sun in coastal areas
Cold Tolerance:  To mid-20's F.   
Water Requirements:  Water conserving
Rate of Growth:  Fast growing in ground
Sizes Available: 1g, 2g and 5g - varies
Regular Prices:  1 gallon size as shown $25
Size shown:  1 gallon
Comments:
This dwarf succulent is best known for it's almost black leaves.  It loves sun and is easy to grow.  Over time plants will have forking trunks with tons of leaves.  It's easy color for the garden without getting too big.  The first six photos show a one gallon planted in the ground in front of our nursery about 18 months ago.  Note that it's in flower now, showing a super yellow color.  These plants can be shipped.  Our availability varies, but we try to always have this black variety in stock.  We also have green and several variegated forms as well.  I'm showing other colors in the bottom row. 

Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose Aeonium Black Rose
Aeonium Aeonium Aeonium

 

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 

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 15 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 our squat 15 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have other sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

REGULAR PRICE THESE SQUAT 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $195


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

READ MORE ABOUT CHAMBEYRONIA

 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa

 

CHAMAEDOREA HOOPERIANA
BAMBOO PALM THAT IS TALL AND FULL



STRONG 10 AND 15 GALLON PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 10 or 15 GALLON $275
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES $235

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

READ MORE ABOUT THE BAMBOO PALMS

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

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15 GALLON PLANTS

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


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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price. 

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

 

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 $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL $85

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   

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM

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

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

It is a suckering fan palm and known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a  Rhapis Palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  This is a very slow growing species.  The five gallon plants are being put on sale.    

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $70

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


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

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $75

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

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

 

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


VERY EXCITING – NOT PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS HYBRID $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON $95

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase.  Obviously, I have no mature garden plants to show you as this is such a rare hybrid.  But, rest assured you'd not find them at another nursery that I know of.


Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid
Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid Veitchia merrillii hybrid

 

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


FANTASTIC HYBRID – VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS


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 5g 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 $185

Mention this Blog Only Special when you buy.  We only have a few of these plants.  Below I am showing the three parent palms that were used to make this vey rare hybrid.


(Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus (Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus (Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus
(Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus (Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus (Butia x Jubaea) x Syagrus
Butia capitata
 Butia capitata
Queen Palm
 Syagrus romanzoffiana - Queen Palm
Jubaea chilensis
 Jubaea chilensis

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS
AKA "BECCARIOPHOENIX WINDOWS""

 

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

It was not too long ago when Beccariophoenix was felt to be a monotypic genus with only one species.  Now it is recognized that there are three different species:

Beccariophoenix species "windows", presently called Beccariophoenix fenestralis. 
Beccriophoenix madagascarensis, previously known as "Beccariophoenix no windows"
Beccariophoenix alfredii, a more recently named species.

All three are single trunk, medium to large plants from Madagascar.  Along the coast, all can take full sun.  Estimated cold hardiness is into the mid and perhaps lower 20's F.  The species we're putting on special is the 5g size of the "windows" variety, B. fenestralis.  You'll not see these around hardly at all in Southern California.  This "windows" form has leaf openings, similar to small window panes, in the leaf - between the leaflets.  With time these disappear and it becomes a pinnate palm. The 5 gallon on special are very nicely sized but repotted this summer, so keep them in their pots for a while.  Garden photos c/o TS at RPS and the late Ray Backer of HI. 

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

Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis
Beccariophoenix fenestralis TS RPS Beccariophoenix fenestralis Beccariophoenix fenestralis Ray Baker

 

BRAHEA DECUMBENS
DWARF, BLUE, SUCKERING SUN PALM
VERY LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE


TEN DAY SPECIAL FEW REMAINING 5 GALLON SIZE

This easy to grow Mexican fan palm hardly ever gets over five feet tall.  In the sun, it gets super blue, suckers and doesn't have a large footprint in the garden.  Surprisingly, when young, plants are green in color.  But, outdoors in the sun, I guarantee that they'll turn blue.  Leaves are small compared to other Braheas.  It is rare and, unfortunately, very slow growing.  I am showing here our 5 gallon plants which are about 5-6 years old.  They are quite old for their containers.  This species will take sun in all areas and does not like shade.  It does well in desert areas.  Cold tolerance is about 17 to 18 degrees.  We're offering both sizes on a ten day special.  And, for this slow growing species, they are oversized in their pots.  After a little acclimation, put them right into your garden!

Note:  When sold out, it'll be a long time before we offer them again.  We only have a few 5g left.

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

Easy to ship. But, you must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing to get these prices.

Brahea decumbens BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS 
BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS  BRAHEA DECUMBENS 
Brahea decumbens Brahea decumbens BRAHEA DECUMBENS 

 

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


FULL HOT SUN - EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
COMPACT 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 shown below in the first five photos.  We do sell larger plants if needed. 
 

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

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

 

DYPSIS SPECIES BEF
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR



THIN TRUNK, ARCHING LEAVES, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

For quite a few years, palm enthusiasts have been familiar with this rare species from Madagascar.  It has been called "Dypsis species bef".  But, to this day, it has no accepted botanical name.  It has a rather narrow ringed trunk with arching and keeled green leaves.  The crown shaft is white.  It is medium sized with a height of about 20 feet.  The garden specimen is c/o Steve S., PalmPedia.  As a nursery plant it has soft green relaxed leaves with hanging leaflets.  But, when older, it is firmly keeled.  Five of the six photos below show the 2 gallon size on sale.  These were Winter repots.  The garden shot is a double by Steve of Australia c/o palmpedia. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

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

 
 
DYPSIS SPECIES BEF  DYPSIS SPECIES BEF  DYPSIS SPECIES BEF 
DYPSIS SPECIES BEF  DYPSIS SPECIES BEF by Steve, Australia  DYPSIS SPECIES BEF 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
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 $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $100

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


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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CERINUS
DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIES


VERY SMALL CYCAD
GRAY-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This rare dwarf species of South African cycad is quite petite and never gets over four feet tall.  Leaves are gray-green to sea foam green and about three feet long.  A mature caudex is six to eight inches.  This species likes sun and is cold hardy to the low 20's F.  This is a rare and sought out species and never inexpensive.  We are putting older band size plants (not one leafers) on sale.  We do have an assortment of sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BANDS $75

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

Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus
Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus Encephalartos cerinus  

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
A "USER FRIENDLY" LARGE CYCAD

 

SPINELESS GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED SEEDLINGS

I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say 'user friendly" because this is one of the few species that has absolutely no spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  Today I’m putting seedlings in band size on sale.  Below are a few of the main characteristics of this species:

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

I've found that even customers who say "I only like palms, not cycads" tend to love this species.

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


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

 

PASSION FRUIT VINE
PASSIFLORA EDULIS



BIZARRE FLOWERS - EDIBLE TROPICAL FRUIT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is a rapidly growing and climbing vine that has green leaves and produces pin-cushion types of tropical flowers.  This flowers are something all by themselves with multiple colors and a bizarre appearance.  Colors include purple, white, cream and yellow.  The flowers mature making purple colored medium sized fruit loved by many.  You'll want to prune aggressively to keep it under control.  This plant wants sun or part sun and is tolerant of a freeze.  A photo below shows an edible ripe fruit.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE
PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE PASSIFLORA PASION FRUIT VINE
passion fruit vine Passion Fruit Vine

 

RED TRUMPET VINE
CAMPSIS RADICANS



CLIMBING VINE WITH LARGE RED FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This climbing vine has larger red flowers.  It is a vigorous grower that will grab onto anything within reach.  Descriptions say vines can go 30 feet up a pole or tree trunk.  Flowers are loved by Humming Birds.  It can grow in sun or part sun.  Cold tolerance is well below a freeze and reports are it survives Zone 5.  The plants on special are tied to a stake.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

RED TRUMPET VINE RED TRUMPET VINE RED TRUMPET VINE
RED TRUMPET VINE RED TRUMPET VINE RED TRUMPET VINE

 

PYRROSIA LINGUA
THE TONGUE FERN

UNUSUAL FERN WITH STIFF GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


The Tongue Fern is a dwarf fern that rarely gets over 18 inches tall. Very old plants can be up to three feet tall.  It forms clumps with stiff green leaves that often have rust color to the underside of the leaves.  Leaves can be up to 18 inches long.  It prefers shade or a bit of sun.  It is super cold hardy, surviving temperatures below 10 degrees F.  It is usually grown in the ground but can survive epiphytically in trees.  The plants on special are old and large and in 5g size.  These would be easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $52.50


Pyrrosia linguala Tongue Fern 5g Pyrrosia linguala Tongue Fern 5g
Pyrrosia linguala Tongue Fern 5g Pyrrosia linguala Tongue Fern 5g Pyrrosia linguala Tongue Fern 5g
Pyrrosia linguala Tongue Fern 5g Pyrrosia linguala Tongue Fern 5g Tongue Fern

 

VRIESIA HIEROGLYPHICA
COLORFUL BROMELIAD WITH BAND-LIKE MARKINGS

GREAT COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 6 INCH POT


All Bromeliads are epiphytic plants.  They live in trees.  Lucky for us that they also make great plants for putting in the ground in the garden or, if you prefer, on the trunks of certain trees.  This variety is a filtered light species that has purple leaves with "zig-zag" white irregular banding going across the leaves.  Mature size is about two feet across.  The underside of the leaves are also purple with striping.  These can be grown inside the home and can easily be shipped - weather permitting.

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


Vriesia hieroglyphica Vriesia hieroglyphica Vriesia hieroglyphica
Vriesia hieroglyphica Vriesia hieroglyphica Vriesia hieroglyphica
   

 

ALOCASIA REGAL SHIELD
POPULAR AND EXOTIC ELEPHANT EAR PLANT



DARK COLORED AND HEAVILY VEINED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This is a hybrid of an Asian Alocasia that is medium sized - up to six feet with rather large leaves.  Leaves have prominent venation and are purple-black on the dorsal side and a similar color on the underside with yellow veins.  Leaves are two to three feet long. This is a super attractive plant that likes good draining soil and a bit of sun or strong filtered light.   It does like moisture.  It grows in zones 9B to 11.   Leaves are about 3 feet long when mature.  This popular variety is sought after and sells out every year.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $155

We have other unusual types of Alocasia for sale.

Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield
Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield Alocasia regal shield

 

ALOCASIA SUMO
EASY TO GROW - TRIANGULAR SHAPED LEAVES



PURPLE-GREEN UNDERSIDES - DARK STEMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This rather easy to grow hybrid Alocasia has arrowhead shaped leaves with dark green dorsal sides and a gray-purple underside with purple veins and stem.  It likes bright filtered light or some sun. I've had customers in coastal areas grow it in near full sun.  It does get rather tall. Anticipate a height of six feet or more.  It seems to tolerate cold better than other species but you can get cold damage to the leaves in the mid-twenties F. It does want adequate water, especially when it's hot.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $155

We have other unusual types of Alocasia for sale.


Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo 
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo

 

CATLEYA ORCHID HYBRID IN BLOOM
PINK-PURPLE BLOSSOMS

LARGE OLD CLUSTERS WITH LOTS OF FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD CLUSTERS


We recently got in some older clumps of Catleya orchids with large purple-pink blossoms as shown.  They are more purple in real life than shown here.  These are older plants with many stems.  The blossoms are quite fragrant.  They were grown in full or part sun.  Water about once a week.  Anticipate blossom life to be about three to four weeks.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUMPS $50

The perfect Mother's Day gift.  In case you are interested, I'm showing orchids, bromeliads and ferns mounted and growing well in trees.  Yes, orchids are actually an epiphytic plant - nature didn't design them to grow in pots.

Catleya hybrid in blossom pink-purple Catleya hybrid in blossom pink-purple
Catleya hybrid in blossom pink-purple Catleya hybrid in blossom pink-purple Catleya hybrid in blossom pink-purple
Orchids in Tree Epiphytic plants in tree Orchids Ferns in Tree

 

WEDNESDAY, 5 MAY, 2021 

WODYETIA BIFURCATA
THE FOXTAIL PALM



NEW ARRIVAL – TALL 25 GALLON SPECIMENS
READY FOR PLANTING
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25 GALLON PLANTS

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifuracata, is native to Queensland, Australia and is a single trunk palm.  It gets to about twenty-five feet height, has fluffy plumose leaves, is crown shafted as shown below and is single trunk.  It loves heat and sun.  It is cold tolerant down into the low 20’s F.  It loves more inland locations as long as you don’t get too cold.  Trunks are rather thin for this species mature height of about 25 feet.  The crown shaft is a silver-green color.  Trunks are often swollen at their base.  The plants on special are abut ten to twelve feet tall – probably too big for the average smaller pickup truck.  Delivery is available.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE 25 GALLON $650
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $550

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase.


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Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata Wodyetia bifurcata
Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm Wodyetia bifurcata the Foxtail Palm

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM



ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS
ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE AND OLD 15 GALLON SIZE

We have an assortment of Lady Palms which are near perfect - almost as nice as the expensive ones we bring in out of Hawaii.  But, they are locally grown and better priced.  And, we are offering them on special in the 15 gallon size.  These plants are about 12 years old with many canes and heights of about six feet in their pots.  They have been grown from seed under shade cloth in our area.  lRhapis excelsa is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  Because Rhapis are so slow growing, a premium price is always charged for this species regardless of where you buy them.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 15G $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

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


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


HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY OLD 15 GALLON SIZE

We have available some nice 1g 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 23 - 25 degrees.  When folks see this plant in person, most agree it is one of the most desirable palms around.  We are putting our very old 15g size on special - first two rows of photos.  These are 12 years old - an yes, they are super slow growing.

REGULAR PRICE THESE OLD 15G $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 15 G $325

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G
Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana  
Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana   Hedyscepe canterburyana  

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM

FULL SUN FAN PALM – SLOW GROWING
NEVER TOO TALL – COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


This is not what I'd call a super rare species of palm, but for some reason they are near impossible to find.  We have a limited number of nice 15g plants for sale.  Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  This is Guadalupe Island.  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet.  The colony of plants shown here are located near Mission Bay Park in San Diego.  I'd estimate they are about forty years old.  This species likes full sun, can tolerate desert conditions and is cold hardy to the mid to upper teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant.  Presently we are offering very nice 15g plants.  These can be shipped by UPS but it’d take a big box and be expensive.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G THIS SPECIES $185

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


Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis
Brahea edulis Brahea edulis Brahea edulis

 

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA


TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 G SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA ELEGANS
THE PARLOR PALM OR NEANTHE BELLA PALM



SEMI-DWARF SINGLE TRUNK PALM
OFTEN POTTED WITH MULTIPLE PLANTS
FANTASTIC HOUSE PLANT
END DAY SPECIAL VERY NICE 3 GALLON

Worldwide, this single trunk understory palm from Central America has been used as an interior or patio palm for many decades.  People think it's a suckering palm but it is not.  This impression is only because many plants are often put in the same pot.  It has thin green trunks and leaflets that average about four to five feet long.  Mature height is rarely over five feet.  It wants filtered light in the garden and is cold tolerant to the mid to upper 20's F.  The plants on sale are interior quality and can be shipped.

REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON $100
SALE PRICE THESE PLANTS THIS SIZE $80

Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans
Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans
Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans Chamaedorea elegans

 

CHAMAEDOREA TRUNKING RADICALIS
QUICK GROWING, SINGLE STEM



FAIRLY COLD HARDY - TOLERATE SUN
LARGE FIVE GALLON SIZE - TEN DAY SPECIAL

TAs many of you may know, Chamaedorea radicalis is from Mexico.  The classic dwarf form only gets three to four feet tall.  The trunking form shown here easily can reach eight to ten feet.  Both are single trunk palms.  Both can tolerate a large amount of sun and some are growing them in full sun close to the ocean.  The trunking form is a very fast growing plant.  It has more narrow leaflets compared to the dwarf form.  Both have long male and female blossoms that are oriented upwards off the trunk.  On the dwarf form the blossoms often tower above the foliage.  Cold tolerance is into the upper teens F.  Shown below are singles in the 5g size.  We’re putting this on sale.  The 5th photo below shows a large plant at the nursery to demonstrate how they’ll look when larger.  Note:  We have limited numbers available with this sale.  Some of these are too tall to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $85

Remember to mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.  Mail order possible.


Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking
Chamaedorea radicalis trunking Chamaedorea radicalis trunking  

 

DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM



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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $85

You must mention this Blog Special when purchasing


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

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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


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

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


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


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

 

COCCOTHRINAX ARGENTATA
MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM


SMALL TRUNK - SILVER BACK TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This smaller and very cute fan palm is native to areas of Florida, Mexico and into the Caribbean.  It has a blue green leaf color with more prominent silver on the underside of the leaf.  Mature height is rarely to twenty feet.  Leaves are about three to four feet across and prominently divided into segments.  It likes heat and sun.  It might also do well in desert areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  We have 2 gallon which we're putting on sale.  It is ideal for people who want shorter but attractive sun tolerant palms.  But, particularly in pots, it is slow growing.  The plants on species are about 5 to 6 years old. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $60

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


 
Coccothrinax aregentata  Coccothrinax aregentata  Coccothrinax aregentata 
Coccothrinax aregentata  Coccothrinax aregentata  Coccothrinax argentata 
Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata  Coccothrinax argentata 

 

DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

 
WHITE CROWN SHAFT
USUALLY SINGLE TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL ON LIMITED NUMBER OF 5G PLANTS

This extremely rare palm from Madagascar is reported to be critically endangered with only about ten or less palms remaining in the wild.  It may become extinct in the very near future.  It is typically single trunk but some report that doubles or even plants with three trunks have been seen.  The trunk is thin and the crown shaft prominently white when mature.  Mature height is about twenty five feet. 

It is a great growing palm perfect for Southern CA and tolerates full sun along the coast.  Reported cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties F.  I have limited numbers available.  They are winter repots and are good in their pots for at least a year.  The garden specimens below have been growing easily in Encinitas, CA.  We're putting our limited number of 5g plants on Special. 

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

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


Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae
Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae Dypsis ambositrae

 

LIVISTONA MUELLERI
RARE FAN PALM WITH SMALLER LEAVES AND COMPACT CROWN



VARIABLE HEIGHTS - USUALLY ABOUT TEN FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON PLANTS


This species of Livistona is typically not a tall palm.  Most reports of domestic plants are that they have heights of ten feet or a bit more.  But, in the wild, there are colonies with heights of over 20 feet.  The crowns of leaves are compact and the leaves are small for this genus.  Leaf color is green with a hint of blue.  Trunks retain old leaf bases and eventually are smoother.  Growth rate is slow.  It's a full sun palm with a cold tolerance down to the mid to low 20's F.  It is native to Australia, Indonesia and PNG.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50

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

Livistona muellerii Livistona muellerii Livistona muelleri
Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri Livistona muelleri

 

CHAMAEDOREA SCHIPPII
AN ALMOST UNKNOWN AND NEVER AVAILABLE SPECIES


UNDERSTORY SUCKERING PINNATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


Taxonomically, this species of Chamaedorea is an accepted species.  When I got started in palms about 40 years ago, you could occasionally find one available but you really had to seek it out.  Then they disappeared from the market.  I have a friend with a mature matched and sexed pair of them who set seeds last year.  I haven't this species for sale for at least 20 years.  No one has them.  We're offering them in a seedling stage and have very few available.

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS RARE PALM BAND SIZE $45

Remember:  Limited numbers and mention this Blog Only Special to get this price. Sorry, but I only have one mature plant to show at this time.


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

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNUBA WAX PALM



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

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

Remember, mention this Special!


Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera
Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera Copernicia prunifera

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS X TRISPINOSUS
DIFFERENT HYBRID TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS



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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID $55

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

  

DIOON HOLMGRENII
RARE MEXICAN DIOON CYCAD


LARGE CITRUS POT PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

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

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

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

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

 

ZAMIA AMBLYPHYLLIDIA
DWARF GREEN CYCAD

 

GOOD LOW PROFILE CYCAD
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE PLANTS


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT HIS SIZE $195

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


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

 

HOLLY FERN
CRYTOMIUM FALCATUM


LOW PROFILE GREEN FERN
STIFF, SLIGHTLY PRICKLY LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE


I've never presented this fern but we do sell them at our nursery.  Shown below is a 15 gallon plant.  It's native to Asia and has two foot long leaves that arch downwards and have stiff, dark green prickly leaflets.  Plants tend to be wider than they are tall.  It can be used as a border planting or ground cover.  It prefers shade but can take some coastal sun - but not full sun in most areas.  Shown is a 15g plant but we have smaller sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $135
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

Holly Fern Crytomium falcatum Holly Fern Crytomium falcatum Holly Fern Crytomium falcatum
Holly Fern Crytomium falcatum Holly Fern Crytomium falcatum

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"


NEVER OVER ABOUT FIVE FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G 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.

Note that there are other types of "Blechnum Ferns".  But, the variety shown is one of my favorites and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it in your garden.  The size on sale is shown in the first five photos.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55


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


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Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum
Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum Blechnum gibbum

 

KAHILI GINGER
HEDYCHIUM GARDNERIANUM

MEDIUM SIZED -  GREEN LEAVES
SUPER FRAGRANT BLOSSOM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

This suckering green Ginger is quick and easy to grow.  It can take full coastal sun or part sun.  Leaves are green and, unlike Shell Ginger, the blossoms are super fragrant - and have a very nice smell.  Plants typically don't get over over 7 feet tall and have a tropical look.  These 5g plants are good size with multiple tubers and near blossoming age.  You can see the health of these plants here.  The garden photo is c/o the Queensland Govt. website. 

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

Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase. 


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

 

TILLANDSIA CLUSTERS
MANY AIRPLANTS IN ONE BUNCH


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

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.  Figure that, in our area, you spray them once a week with water and occasionally spray them with some fertilizer.  These plants flower in spring or summer – often very colorful and impressive for a small plant.  We are offering on sale clusters of plants that are of two sizes:  2 to 3 plant and larger clusters of 5 to 6 plants.  Most growers divide plants into single plants and sell them one at a time.  We are offering bunches of many plants together.  You can put them on a piece of bark, wood or whatever you want.   Or, just hang them with wire.  These are easy to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE CLUSTERS $35 and $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL SMALL CLUSTER $25, LARGER CLUSTER $50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount. 


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Tillandsia species cluster Tillandsia species cluster Tillandsia species cluster
Tillandsia species cluster Tillandsia species cluster

 

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Encephalartos princeps 
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Encephalartos arenarius 
Encephalartos arenarius
Macrozamia communis 
Macrozamia communis
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Cycas panzhihuaensis
     

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM


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

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

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM

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

This Madagascar palm is known as the "Triangle Palm" because the crown shaft has three flat sides.  It gets to a mature height of about 22 feet in 3 decades.  It loves heat and sun.  Leaves are a gray-green color and there is prominent speckling in the inner crown with dark colors.  It is slow growing.  It has a cold tolerance of about 24 degrees F.  Be aware that this palm doesn’t do well in shade and doesn’t want to be shaded out by overhead trees.  The boxed plants shown below are about as big as you can plant without heavy equipment.  Their height is ten to twelve feet by estimate.  Delivery is available.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 24 INCH BOX THIS SIZE $600
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 24 INCH BOX $525

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM


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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185

Just mention this Special for your discount.


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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS
RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM


WHITE CROWN SHAFT – NEW RED LEAF
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS

Burretiokentia koghiensis is a fantastic single trunk palm from New Caledonia.  About 45 minutes out of Noumea (the capitol) is Mount Koghi.  This is the home habitat for this species.  It has a thin to medium trunk, a white crown shaft and gets to about 25 feet tall.  It's very beautiful and does great in Southern California.  Most grow it in part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F. (sort of like a King Palm with tolerance of cold).  The plant below demonstrates how this species, like other New Caledonian palms, can throw a new red leaf.  The size I’m putting on sale are really nice 15g plants, about 8 to 9 years old.  You'll not see locally grown plants of this species and size around at all.  And, never on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $210

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


Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf
Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf Burretiokentia koghiensis red leaf
Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis Burretiokentia koghiensis

 

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM


ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS
CHUNKY 15G 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. 

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

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $175
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $140

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.

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

TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI
THE WINDMILL PALM


ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS
GOOD SIZED 5G ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $60

Remember to mention this Special when you purchase.

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

 

CEROXYLON VOGELIANUM
EXTREMELY RARE HIGH ELEVATION PALM FROM THE ANDES


GROWS WELL IN COLDER CLIMATE
TALL, THIN TRUNK, PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE



This tall, single trunk species of Ceroxylon comes from the Andean Mountains stretching from Venezuela through Columbia and Peru and down into Bolivia. Natively it is found in elevations up to 10,000 feet.  The trunk is very light colored, often white or a light gray.  The leaves are plumose with drooping leaflets.  It can get over fifty feet tall.  Planted out, we've found Ceroxylon do best  when growing into sun as opposed to being planted directly in sun when young.  They do like moisture and water.  I would not consider this species if you live in or near the desert.  Although undocumented, cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  They seem to do quite well in Northern California.  I just have a handful of our five gallon for sale.  They are about five years old.

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


You must mention this Internet-only special when purchasing to get this price.
  Photos of larger plants below are c/o Wikipoedia, TS at RPS and Dr. A.K. Palmpedia.


Ceroxylon vogelianum 5g Ceroxylon vogelianum 5g Ceroxylon vogelianum 5g
Ceroxylon vogelianum 5g Ceroxylon vogelianum 5g Ceroxylon vogelianum 5g
Ceroxylon vogelianum Wikipedia Cereoxylon vogelianum TS RPS Ceroxylon vogelianum Dr. A.K. Palmpedia

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT PLANT - MEDIUM SIZED

 
THIN TRUNK
NOT TOO MANY LEFT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE


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

In my last post on this Blog I put our 15g on species.  The 5g plants on sale here are easy to ship.  But, we may have smaller sizes for sale.  Growth rate is pretty good.  It is a very durable plant and easy to grow.  New growers should consider this species.  Cold tolerance is the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $95

Just mention this Blog Only Special to get your discount.  Photos of nursery plants in the third row below show our 15g which are presently also on sale.  The last photo from Palmpedia is by an unknown author. 


Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca Ravenea glauca
Ravenea glauca Raveneas glauca Ravenea glauca unknown author PalmPedia

 

CHAMAEDOREA ELATIOR
A CLIMBING SHADE PALM
TOTALLY TRANSFORMS ITS APPEARANCE

LARGE SIMPLE LEAF WHEN SMALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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. 

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

Our 5g size is shown in the first five photos followed by older nursery plants (not available).  The last photo is c/o TS at RPS and shows a plant trying to climb up a tree trunk. 

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

 

LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA
SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM


BEST GROWING SPECIES OF THE GENUS
SORT OF LIKE A SUCKERING KENTIA PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has to realize that there are different forms depending on native habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain suckering form.  The plants on special will probably end up being single trunk but could sucker.  I feel it's the best variety of this species one can purchase.   It doesn't throw the new red leaf although occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf. 

This variety of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area.  The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of 12 feet.  It sort of looks like a suckering Kentia Palm.  I'd recommend morning sun, strong filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.

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

We have extremely limited numbers of 5g.  Mention this Special for your discoun
t. 


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

 

PRITCHARDIA BECCARIANA
TROPICAL FAN PALM FROM HAWAII



LARGE GREEN, FLAT AND ROUND LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This desirable tropical fan palm is native to the Big Island in Hawaii.  It has flat and large rounded leaves that are green in color.  It is being grown by many enthusiasts here in Southern California.  In a lifetime it can get to heights over 30 feet and, for this height, has a rather thin trunk.  Leaf stems are not armed.  Fruits are black, large and rounded.  It can tolerated full sun along the coast.  In far inland areas I'd give it part day or morning sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.  For this genus, this is one of the most sought after species.  This size can be mail ordered.

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

With the garden shots below I've tried to show photos that demonstrate the shape and color of the leaves.

 
Pritchardia beccariana 5  Pritchardia beccariana 5  Pritchardia beccariana 5 
Pritchardia beccariana 5  Pritchardia beccariana 5  Pritchardia beccariana 5 
Pritchardia beccariana  Pritchardia beccariana  Pritchardia beccariana 

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
BLUE SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


A DEFINITE STATEMENT PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 5 GALLON PLANTS

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


REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $75

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM



SEVERAL PLANTS PER POT
LOOK BEST IN GROUPS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 1 GALLON SIZE

This is a popular single trunk species of Chamaedorea that tolerates full coastal sun.  We are pleased to presently put nicely sized 1 gallon on special.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  These plants can be easily shipped.  we also have other sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $55

Mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.  NOTE:  The first six photos are our 15g size.  The next to last picture is c/o Palmpedia.


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

 

BRAHEA EDULIS
THE GUADALUPE FAN PALM

FULL SUN FAN PALM – SLOW GROWING
NEVER TOO TALL – COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE


This is not what I'd call a super rare species of palm, but for some reason they are near impossible to find.  Right now we are fortunate enough to have some 15g, 3g and 1g - the latter on special today.  Brahea edulis is a slow growing, shorter fan palm that is native to an island, Guadalupe Island, just off the coast of Mexico south of San Diego, CA.  It is known as the Guadalupe Fan Palm.  It is found natively nowhere else.  The trunk is medium sized and mature trees obtain a maximum height of under fifteen feet.  The colony of plants shown here are located near Mission Bay Park in San Diego.  I'd estimate they are about forty years old.  This species likes full sun, can tolerate desert conditions and is cold hardy to the mid to upper teens F.  They are also reasonably drought tolerant.  Like other Brahea, large specimens are very difficult to successfully transplant. 

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $50

Obviously, these are easy to mail order.  I can ship four plants easily in one box with their soil and all necessary Ag Permits.


 
Brahea edulis  Brahea edulis  Brahea edulis 
Brahea edulis  Brahea edulis  Brahea edulis 
Brahea edulis  Brahea edulis  Brahea edulis 

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


ANOTHER PALM FROM LORD HOW ISLAND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE 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 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $55


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.  The sale plants are shown in the first five photos.

 
Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana
Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana Howea bemoreana
Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana  Howea belmoreana 

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


PALM WITH CURVED LEAVES, UMBRELLA CANOPY
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BAND SIZED PLANTS

FOR DESCRIPTION - SEE ABOVE

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


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


Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana
hOWEA BELMOREANA Howea belmoreana Howea belmoreana

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAD HYBRID OF TWO RARE SPECIES



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

We're offering on special a very rare hybrid of the genus Cycas.  Both parents are native to China.  The C. panzhiuaensis is known for it's medium size, blue-green foliage in sun and cold tolerance.  Cycas debaoensis is known for it's multipinnate 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 $125
TEN DAY SPECAIL THESE PLANTS $100

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.

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

 

CYCAD HYBRID - CYCAS REVOLUTA X DEBAOENSIS
INTERESTING AND FAIRLY COLD HARDY HYBRID
KNOWN AS THE "REV-DEB CYCAD"


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  

 

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

 

GREEN HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA GLAUCA



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


Frequently we advertise colorful Ti Plants for sale.  But, there is a plain green form.  Surprisingly, it is hard to find.  It's the plant that hula dancers from Hawaii seek out.  They like filtered light and get to about five feet tall.  The 5 gallons as shown in the first six photos would make a fine addition to the garden or serve as a tropical patio plant.  It is also in blosdsom here with it's purple flowers.  These can be shipped.  Note that we only occasionally have them available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $50


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Cordyline fruiticosa glauca Cordyline fruiticosa glauca
Cordyline Green Cordyline fruiticosa glauca  

 

AECHMEA SPECIES
TALL RED BLOSSOM


GREEN LEAVES WITH RED FLUSH
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH SIZE


This is a different variety of Aechmea (a Bromeliad) that we got from a private collection.  We do not know the species name.  It is as medium sized plant with a width of about 18 inches.  Leaves are green with red flushes at their ends.  The blossom is bright red and un-branched at this time.  We only have a few of these.  We'd recommend some sun but not full day sun. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 8 INCH BROMELIADS $40

  
  Aechmea species red blossom 8 inch   Aechmea species red blossom 8 inch  
Aechmea species red blossom 8 inch   Aechmea species red blossom 8 inch    

 

NEOROGELIA SPECIES
PROMINENT RED IN LEAVES


TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH SIZE


This is another new variety of Bromeliad we just got in from a private collection.  Most often such plants come in without specific species or variety names.  It is as medium sized plant with a width of about 12 inches.  There is a prominent red color to the leaves.  It would be a filtered light companion plant and can take a bit of sun but not full sun.  aqk3red tLeaves are green with red flushes at their ends.  We have limited numbers of this species - but many more varieties you can view when you visit us. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 8 INCH BROMELIADS $40


Neorogelia species red  Neorogelia species red  Neorogelia species red 
Neorogelia species red  Neorogelia species red   

 

ALOCASIA DARK STAR
SUPER EXOTIC COMPANION PLANT

DARK LEAF STEMS - CAN TAKE SOME SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE

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

On special is a popular variety called Dark Star.  This hybrid variety is known for it's near black stems and dark veins on the leaves.  Leaf color is green, both sides.  Overall mature height is about three feet.  This plant will sucker and has been said to grow in Zone 9.  There are reports of it taking down to the upper teens F.  It is a hybrid of multiple other varieties.  It is said to tolerates full sun, but I'd probably recommend part day sun or less, especially if you are far inland.  Note how the leaves are slightly ruffled with irregular edges.  On special are 7 gallon plants.

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $165
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE $140


The last photo shows an Alocasia in a garden.

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Alocasia dark star Alocasia dark star Alocasia in garden

 

FRIDAY, 30 APRIL, 2021 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
INTERIOR QUALITY KENTIA PALMS



SHOWING FOUR DIFFERENT SIZES
IDEAL FOR INSIDE HOME, OFFICES, BUSINESSES

I am called quite frequently about Kentia Palms for inside the home or business.  Most of these people are seeking a high quality plant that is "perfect" appearing and ideal for usage inside the home or business.  But, the consumer must realize that there are two quality grades of Kentia Palms.

INTERIOR QUALITY:  This grade of plant is most often grown in a strictly controlled greenhouse environment or imported from a tropical region like Hawaii.  The latter is more common.  These plants are free of blemishes and usually quite gorgeous.  But, because of importation costs and how they are grown, they tend to cost quite a bit more than standard nursery quality stock.

NURSERY QUALITY:  These are the plants that a grower would produce under shade cloth or in a non-heated greenhouse.  They have seen the weather and outdoor conditions or been in an average greenhouse.   They are more hardy for the garden than interior quality, but not as picture perfect.  They often have minor blemishes or, if sun grown, a bit more yellow color to the leaves.  These plants are usually about half the cost of the imported interior quality Kentia Palms.

Below are four sizes of interior quality Kentia Palms:

FIRST ROW:  5 gallon size, height usually 5 feet
SECOND ROW: 7 gallon size, height 7 feet
THIRD ROW:  15 gallon, height usually 8 possibly 9 feet
FOURTH ROW:  squat 20 gallon, height 10 to 12 feet.

We offer both grades of Kentia Palms.  Either grade is easy to ship if they aren't too tall for the carrier companies.  The most popular size for mail orders is the 5 gallon b/c of shipping costs.  With the interior quality, availability changes frequently as they often require special purchase from Hawaii.  So, some sizes are a "Special Order" and may have a delay in arrival.


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

 

CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA
THE STAR PALM



MEDIUM SIZE, WHITE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
A VERY COOL PALM - PRETTY COLD HARDY


This single trunk fan palm is native to regions stretching from Mexico through Central America.  In the genus, there are multiple species.  All have prominent white powder on the underside of the leaflets as shown here.  Trunks are narrow.  Often you'll see what look like "spines" on the trunk.  But, these are a different structure - they are modified root spines.  They are quite interesting looking.  Right on the coast, this species can take full or part day sun.  Most would grow it in bright filtered light.  Expect heights ranging from ten feet to well over twenty feet.  Cold hardiness is into the upper twenties F.  Shown here are photos of the 15g size at the nursery.  Notice the white backs to the leaflets.  Also shown are photographs of a Cryosophila unknown species to show the typical appearance and trunk covered with "spines".  We usually have an assortment of sizes available.

CryosophIla stauracantha CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila stauracantha
CryosophIla stauracantha Cryosophila Cryosophila

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE – INTENSELY BLUE

DROUGHT AND EXTREME SUN TOLERANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 15 GALLON 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 prefers dry heat and is a challenge to grow in humid areas.  Therefore it’s an ideal desert palm.  Mature height is typically 20 to 25 feet with a medium sized sem-smooth trunk.  Flowers extend far beyond the leaves.  Fruits are black and small when mature.  These 15g 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.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE $165

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.


Brahea armata 15g Brahea armata 15g Brahea armata 15g
Brahea armata 15g Brahea armata 15g Brahea armata 15g
Brahea armata Brahea armata Brahea armata

 

DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

FLUFFY LEAVES – SILVER CROWN SHAFT
TOLERATES SUN ALONG TH COAST
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANT

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

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $180

Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa
Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa Dypsis plumosa TS R{S

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM

 

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


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

 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $180

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


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

 

RAVENEA GLAUCA
GREAT MADAGASCAR PALM - MEDIUM SIZED
THIN TRUNK


NOT TOO MANY LEFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G


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

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

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


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

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

 

DYPSIS LUTESCENS
THE ARECA PALM

 

GREAT PALM FOR CREATING “PRIVACY”
SUPER TALL SQUAT 15 GALLON PLANTS JUST AVAILABLE

SQUAT 15G PLANTS ON TEN DAY SPECIAL

We just got in some unbelievably tall Areca Palms that we felt we had to tell you about.  And, we are putting them on sale!  This is an attractive, suckering, thin trunked palm species is from Madagascar or surrounding areas.  The number one reason people buy this species is "to hide something".  By this, I mean they want to hide a neighbor, an ugly next door structure, an unsightly fence, the side of a garage, etc.  It is a suckering palm species with thin trunks and color on the leaf bases and crown shafts – yellow, silver or green.  Mature height averages 14 feet in California.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Trunk diameter is about 3 inches.  They will take full sun along the coast and far inland areas must give this species only morning or filtered sun.  The plants on special below are by far the tallest we’ve ever had in the squat 15g pots.  For this reason, they are a great buy for customers.  Be aware they are almost too big to transport in the average pickup truck and may need delivery

REGULAR PRICE THESE TALL SQUAT 15G $350-$400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE TALL SQUAT 15G $250

I must comment that these will sell out super quickly and won’t be around too long.


Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm
Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm Dypsis lutescens Areca Palm

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM

 

FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS

This species is known at the Chilean Wine Palm.  It can have trunk diameters up to four feet.  To get a large trunking tree from a small plant can take several decades.  Ultimate height can reach at least forty feet.  Leaves are green and sometimes a blue-green color.  The trunk is smooth and the fruit is yellow with a large brown seed inside.  The leaf stems are unarmed.  Cold hardiness in into the mid teens F.  It's a sun species, even in the desert.  The plants on sale are about 5 to 6 years old from seed.

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

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Mail order should be easy in this size, weather permitting.


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

 

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 $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80

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  

 

DYPSIS ALBOFARINOSA
CLUMPING MADAGASCAR PALM
WHITE CROWN SHAFTS - VERY RARE


PLANTS SHOWN HERE FROM DOMESTIC SEEDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE


This clumping medium sized palm is native to Madagascar.  It has previously been called "Dypsis species white petiole".  It was formally described by Don Hodel about fifteen years ago.  It is most closely related to Dypsis baronii and known for its prominently white crown shafts.  Leaves are drooping with rather fine leaflets.  Trunks average about two inches diameter.  Plant height is a maximum of approximately fifteen feet. It can be grown in full coastal sun but should be allowed to grow up and into the sun.  So, starting in bright filtered light is best.  Exact cold hardiness is uncertain but most likely in the mid-twenties F. range.  I am putting one gallons on a Ten Day Special.  These are from domestic seeds and about 3 years old.

REGULAR PRICE 1G $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G $50


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

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

 

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 $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $50


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


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

 

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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45 FOR THIS BAND SIZE

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

 

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

 

BURRETIOKENTIA HAPALA
AN EXOTIC NEW CALEDONIAN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

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

Shown here are the band size I'm putting on special.  The one larger nursery plant below is a nice 25 gallon.  I'd recommend morning sun, a few hours of mid day sun, or bright filtered light.  It's a great species to grow.  

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for you discount.

Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala
Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala Burretiokentia hapala

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM



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


This super popular palm is native to south Florida and Cuba.  It gets a very tall trunk with a height of forty feet or more.  The crown shaft is long and a prominent green.  The base of the trunk is swollen just above the ground.  Often, you'll also see bulging in the mid-trunk.  It is a full sun plant and some are growing it in desert areas with success - in full sun.  Cold tolerance is like a King Palm, about 25 degrees F.  The band size on sale have a few juvenile leaves.  There's a shortage of this species on the California market.  These are easy to mail order.

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

Mention this Special for your discount.

 

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS WHITELOCKII
LARGER CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD



LONG UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES THAT WE HAVE!


This unique and larger cycad is native to Uganda.  In fact, at one point it was called the "Uganda Giant Cycad".  This is because it has leaves that extend almost straight up toward the sky and can be twelve feet long or more.  Leaflets are narrow and armed with small spines.  The caudex is a light color and in the wild can be up to ten feet tall.  Historically, as this species is similar to E. laurentianus, it was called also "Encephalartos laurentianus Lake George", referring to its specific habitat.  The nursery plants I'm showing today are multiple recently acquired and outdoor grown 15g plants.  We have other sizes as well, both larger and smaller.  The last photo shows one of our boxed specimens.  Note the appearance of these plants with their long leaves with narrow leaflets.  Enthusiasts love this species because it's a good growing cycad.  Right on the coast I'd give it half day sun.  It's not quite a sun-tolerant as many of the South African species.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.

FOR TEN DAYS:  20% OFF ANY SIZE AVAILABLE THIS SPECIES AT THE NURSERY!

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

 

STANGERIA ERIOPUS
RARE DWARF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A FERN


TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


Enthusiasts love this species for a lot of reasons.  It is small, never over about four feet tall.  It is also quick growing with attractive fern like leaves.  It also tolerates filtered light or coastal sun and is easy to "sneak into" that small open area on the garden floor.  We are offering citrus pot plants at an excellent price.  This species is CITES protected and endangered in the wild.  Mature leaf length is three feet.  This species is easy to cone and you might want to consider getting several plants if you every want to set seeds and help conserve this great species.  The plants on this special have caudexes of two inches or a bit  more.  BTW, this species is getting increasingly difficult to find.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT SIZE $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS CITRUS POT SIZE $260

Very limited supplies on this rare species.  You must mention this Blog Only Special when purchasing.  This size can be easily shipped by mail order within the U.S.
 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 
Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus  Stangeria eriopus 

 

GASTERIA SPECIES
THE HUMMINGBIRD LILY



SHADE TOLERANT SUCCULENT - IN FLOWER NOW
DEFINITELY WILL ATTRACT HUMINGBIRDS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 8 INCH BLOSSOMING PLANTS


These Hummingbird Lilies are a type of Gasteria.  After doing my research, the leaves and plant resemble Gasteria flow.  But, the latter are shorter triangular leaves that come to a point.  This species has longer thick dark green leaves with white spots that have more of a rounded tip.  They produce long protruding pink blossoms that the hummingbirds love.  They are going into flower right now.  They prefer strong filtered light or just a bit of sun.  If put into sun the leaves get more of a blue color.  These have a cold hardiness below a freeze.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 8 INCH PLANTS $45

These can be mail ordered, weather permitting.

Gasteria Flow - hummingbird lily Gasteria Flow - hummingbird lily Gasteria Flow - hummingbird lily
Gasteria Flow - hummingbird lily Gasteria Flow - hummingbird lily Gasteria Flow - hummingbird lily

 

ALOCASIA SUMO
AN EXOTIC ELEPHANT EAR WITH SOME COLD HARDINESS



DARK STEMS - PURPLE VEINS ON THE UNDERSIDE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


This exciting and super attractive Alocasia hybrid is getting very sought after.  It has purple stems and rather large upright leaves that are green with a purple hue and purple veins on the underside.  It is a cross between A. portora and A. purple cloak.  It is said to grow in zone 7B and even being grown by folks in the SF Bay area.  Mature height is six feet or a bit more.  It can take partial coastal sun or perhaps full sun right near the Ocean.  These plants will be double their size by the end of summer.  The 6th through the 9th photos show plants from late last summer that looked like the sale plants last winter.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS $55

Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo
Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo Alocasia sumo

 

ALOCASIA BLACK STEM
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT




PURPLE-BLACK STEMS
HEART SHADE LEAVES - SEMI-DWARF SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This tropical companion plant is a customer favorite because of its unique near black stems and lush tropical appearance.  It has lush green leaves that are a widened arrowhead-shape with prominent near black ventral veins.  Mature height is about five feet.  It wants filtered light and is cold hardy down to about a freeze. The first six photos show the size we're putting on Special.  The last three photos are of last years 5 gallon size (all sold out presently) so you can see what these plants will look like by spring.  Limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem Alocasia black stem
Alocasia black stem aLOCASIAS BLACK STEM aLOCASIA BLACK STEM

 

BILBERGIA BATON ROUGE
SUN LOVING, CLUMPING BROMELIAD


TOLERATE SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON CLUMPS


Bilbergia are a group of Bromeliads that are epiphytic but can survive in the ground.  They are native from areas stretching from Mexico to South America.  Most tolerate full sun.  The plants on species are super attractive and red leafed with white spots on the leaves.  They sucker easily and many that we have are already in sun.  As you can see, the blossoms have mutiple flowers and are formed in clusters.  Mature height is about 2 feet.  The plants on special consist of four to five different plants in 3 or 5 gallon pots.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 3-5 GALON CLUSTERS $75

Bilbergia baton rouge Bilbergia baton rouge Bilbergia baton rouge
Bilbergia baton rouge Bilbergia baton rouge

 

BILBERGIA CASA BLANCA
ANOTHER SUN TOLERANT BROMELIAD



GREEN LEAVES WITH WHITE SPOTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 OR 5 GALLON CLUSTERS


See Bilbergia description above.  This species has white spots that are very prevalent and on green leaves.  These plants are also in blossom now.  They are a pink-red in color.  These also tolerate part sun and are easy to grow.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 3 OR 5 GALLON CLUMPS $75

 
Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom
Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom
Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom Bilbergia casa blanca with blossom

 

MONDAY, 26 APRIL, 2021 

CYCAD SEEDLINGS - LOTS OF THEM
GROWN IN BAND CONTAINERS


THIS DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THEY ARE SMALL
BUT, THEY ARE ALWAYS EASY TO SHIP


For over forty years we've been propagating and selling cycads to our customers.  Crucial to any cycad nursery has always been obtaining viable seeds for germination.  It's certainly gotten more difficult over the decades to obtain desirable seeds.  But, we have been fortunate to continue offering smaller and more affordable cycads for sale.  We presently have for sale thousands of small cycads of at least 75 species.

We do a lot of our own germination.  The fifth photo below shows a flat of Encephalartos eugene-marisii germinating.  Once germinated, new seedlings go into our band containers - a square and tall pot measuring 3 x 3 x 9 inches.  We were one of the first nurseries in the country to utilize these pots.  Now it's standard practice country-wide.  As we have about 25,000 cycads in stock, we don't always get time to repot cycads that are too big for their band containers.  This is a good thing for you, the consumer.  It means that many times our band cycads are five years old or longer.  They often have super developed roots and are on their fifth to six leaf or more.  Some photos demonstrate this - note the plant sizes.

Another nice thing about getting band sized plants is that they are quite affordable to ship for mail orders.  And, we can nestle quite a few plants in one box for shipping - always in their containers with soil.  And, sometimes we put our band sized cycads on sale.  We hope that you can take advantage of these often "much bigger than other nurseries" band sized cycads.  Most nurseries sell seedlings with only one or two small leaves.  Photos below show many of our band sized plants with photos of flats of cycads or growing benches.  Incidentally, at our nursery we have about a mile of running benches and display areas.


 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size  Cycad seedllings in band size 
cycad SEEDLINGS  cycad SEEDLINGS  cycad SEEDLINGS 
CYCAD SEEDLING  cycad SEEDLINGS  cycad SEEDLINGS 
cycad table  cycad table  cycads growing 

 

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 $195


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

 
Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla
Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla Trithrinax schizophylla by Juan Pech

 

VEITCHIA ARECINA
EXOTIC MEDIUM TO TALL PINNATE SUN PALM

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


This is a single trunk, crown shafted pinnate palm native to Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.  In the wild, plants get to over 75 feet tall.  In So California it is more typical to see one to 30 to 40 feet.  They have a light colored crown shaft, speckled dark or black color near the inner crown area and sometimes on the leaf stems.  Leaves are six to eight feet long and leaflet tips are pointed or slightly blunted.  The trunk is narrow for a tall palm.

Shown here are large 15g plants which we're putting on special.  There are quite a few people who are growing this species in the coastal strip in our area.  The first 6 photos show the 15g plants on sale.  Following are mature garden plants. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $210
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $185


Remember:  Mention this Blog Special for your discount.


Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina Veitchia arecina
Veitchia arecina Ravenea arecina Veitchia arecina

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS

NEWLY EMERGING RED LEAVES
FAIRLY TALL CROWN SHAFTED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE 


By popular demand I have put this great palm on special.  This is the largest of the King Palm family.  It got its name "maxima" by the flower size, but most have found it to be an aggressive grower, have a larger trunk and get taller than the other species of King Palms. Mature heights can read 60 to 80 feet.  Compare this to the height of the common King Palm at about 40 to 50 feet.  It does have silver on the underside of the leaves.  The crown shaft is sort of a yellow, sometimes blue color. 

It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  Of note, as you see on one photo below, the newly emerging leaf is red.  I wish to thank L.N. below for his picture of a mature tree.  The plants I'm putting on special are 15 gallon size.  Most are multiples but we might have a few singles.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Most of these are too big for mail order (expensive) but I do have smaller sizes available.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $180


Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

PRESTOEA MONTANA
AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR. MONTANA



SINGLE TRUNK BEAUTY - NATIVE TO PUERTO RICO
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANTS

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

The hallmarks of this species are it's wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and it's overall beautiful appearance.  Plant heights can reach forty feet or more.  This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light.  It likes rich soil and ample moisture.  I'd estimate it's cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less.  It is not a beginner species but worth it if you can grow one.

Shown here is a good size 15g plant.  We have limited numbers.  If you talk about difficulty in finding species of palms, this one might be near the top of the list.  Note that this species has historically been known as "Prestoea montana" but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.

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

Remember to mention this Special to get this price.


Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana
Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana
Prestoea montana Prestoeas montana Prestoeas montana

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS OCEANA
AKA RHOPALOSTYLIS SP. CHATHAM ISLANDS



RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA ON STEROIDS!
SUPER BULGING CROWN SHAFT, GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This often hard to find species of crown shafted palm is from the Chatham or Pitt Islands, many hundreds of miles southeast of New Zealand.  It is known as probably the most southern growing of any palm species.  Compared to the other forms of Rhopalostylis sapida, it is much more robust, perhaps better at handling full sun and has a massively swollen crown shaft. I've been told plants can reach forty feet of height.  Also, this species or variety is a quicker grower than other forms.  Although some consider it a "species", presently you should properly refer to it as a form of Rhopalostylis sapida, either "oceana" or "Chatham Island".

Along the coast and a bit inland, it tolerates full sun quite well.  Inland areas would do better giving it part day sun.  Cold tolerance is down to about 23 degrees F.  Shown here are 5g plants we're putting on special.  We may also have some 15g for sale. I want to thank the Palm&Cycad Society of New Zealand and PalmCurry at PalmTalk for their photos below.

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

Easy to mail order.  Remember, mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.


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Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana Rhopalostylis oceana
Rhopalostylis oceana palm & cycad Soc New Zealdn Rhopalostylis oceana palm & cycad Soc New Zealdn Rhopalostylis oceana palmcurry PalmTalk

 

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 $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100


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


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

 

ARENGA ENGLERI
THE DWARF SUGAR PALM


SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING PALM
VERY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE

This interesting Asian species rarely gets over ten feet tall, suckers, has Caryota type leaflets with jagged ends and is silver on the underside of the leaflets.  Its blossoms are super fragrant (a nice treat).  It takes sun or shade in coastal areas and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.  On sale are nice 5 gallon plants (first six photos).  Also shown below are larger nursery plants.

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

But, mention this Special to get this price.  Easy to mail order.

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Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri Arenga engleri Arenga engleri

  

EUTERPE EDULIS ORANGE CROWNSHAFT
PROMINENT ORANGE CROWNSHAFT - STUNNING



STUNNING COLOR FOR THE GARDEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON SIZE

Many of you may know of Euterpe edulis, a thin solitary palm with a long green crown shaft.  However, in Southern Brazil and possibly northern Argentina, there is a form of this species that has a prominent orange crown shaft.  Considered by some to be "Euterpe sp. espiritosantensis", others feel it is a variety of E. edulis.  It has a think trunk and a three foot long crownshaft.  It wants to be grown in filtered light and to work its way into partial direct sunlight.  Cold tolerance is about a freeze.  This is a slow growing palm and near impossible to find available.  We presently have a very limited number of two gallon plants.  They were repotted in winter.  In the spring of last year we had a few 5 gallon that sold out in a few days.  These are extremely difficult to find and always expensive if you can find one.

TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON $60

I only have a few.  The mature specimens photos are c/o Tobias Spanner at RPS.


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Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe orange crown shaft TS RPS
Euterpe orange crown shaft TS RPS    

 

DYPSIS SPECIES ORANGE CRUSH
A BEAUTIFUL DYPSIS WITH NO SPECIES NAME


MANY TIMES SPORTS AN ORANGE CROWN SHAFT
MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT - EXOTIC AND SOUGHT AFTER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This is another exotic species that is near impossible to find.  It is native to Madagascar, gets to a mature height of about 20 feet, has an 8 inch thick trunk and, most appealing, is the smooth orange colored crown shaft. (see last photo).  We have available some 2 gallon plants.  It is recommended that you grow this one for a year or two before planting.  At one point, orange crush was felt to be Dypsis pululifera.  But, that was proven incorrect by taxonomists.  It presently has not species name.  I'd start it in strong filtered light or slowly acclimate it to some sun.  Cold tolerance is probably not much below a freeze.  We have several of the 2g size available.  Like other super rare species, it is affordable but not inexpensive.  Those available were winter repots. The last photo was taken by BGL.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE  $60

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Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft Euterpe species orange crown shaft BY bgl hi

 

GEONOMA UNDATA
UNDERSTORY MEDIUM SIZE PALM WITH COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT



CAN BE GROWN IN WARM TEMPERATE GARDENS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

About fifteen to twenty years ago this species first made its entrance onto the collector market.  At that time it was felt to be only from the "Inca Trail" in Peru.  Since, we've come to understand that the species habitats range from far south Mexico, through Central America and down to northern South America.  But, in these locations, it is only found at high altitude.  Plants get to 20 feet tall or more, are single trunk with irregular widths to the leaflets.  Crown shaft color ranges for red (as shown below) to blue-gray, depending on locality.  A collector in San Francisco, Darold Petty, is growing one of the red form - see seventh photo below.  It is a filtered light species with a cold tolerance down to near a freeze.  We're offering winter repots in 2g sale on special - see first five pictures below.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65


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Geonoma undata Geonoma undata Geonoma undata Wikipedia
Geonoma undata Darold Petty Geonoma undata TS at RPS  

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

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


This great palm from Madagascar is known for its rusty-brown/red crown shaft that is quite fuzzy to the touch.  It therefore has its common name of the Teddy Bear Palm.  It is not a huge palm, usually getting up to about twenty-five feet with a six inch thick trunk.  Trunk color is silver with prominent rings.  Leaf color is green.  Right on the coast it takes full sun easily.  Far inland would require part day sun or filtered light.  Cold tolerance is down to about 25 degrees F.  This is one of the most popular palms around.  I’m offering our 5 gallon plants that were repotted fairly recently.  But, we're giving a nice discount on this great species.  

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70


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


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

 

CYPHOSPERMA NABOUTINENSIS
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM



NATIVE TO FIJI - MEDIUM SIZE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


This is an extremely rare and only recently available new Cyphosperma from a single location in Fiji.  It is an understory palm that would want filtered light or a bit of sun.  Mature height is 20 feet although there are habitat reports of trees to 30 feet.  The trunk is thin - about 4 inches thick.  Leaves are six feet long, green in color and arching.  This is a super tropical and exotic appearing medium height palm  The plants on special are winter repots into 5g pots - so a nice discount.  They will sell out quickly.  The exact cold tolerance of this species is unknown at this time.  So, it's best to try if you coldest temperatures are above a freeze.

REGULAR PRICE THIS RARE PALM 5 GALLON $125
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS $70


Photo credits to TS at RPS, J.M. at Palmpedia and Plantsmap.com website.

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Cyphosperma neboutinensis Cyphosperma naboutinensis Cyphosperma naboutinensis
Cyphosperma naboutinensis TS RPS Cyphosperma naboutinensis PalmPedia J. Marcus Cyphosperma naboutinensis plantsmap.com website

 

CEROXYLON QUINDIUENSE
THE TALLEST PALM IN THE WORLD


NATIVE TO COLUMBIA AND NORTHERN PERU
FAIRLY COLD HARDY - HARD TO FIND SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


This tall, fairly cold hardy palm is native to mountainous regions in Columbia and Peru.  It has been grown by many in colder areas including parts of the coastal San Francisco Bay Area.  It has a gray to white columnar trunk with upright green leaves that have a silver color to the underside.  Trunks show prominent rings and are covered with a waxy material that is used in foods in native localities.  Mature specimens in the wild have been reported to be almost 200 feet tall. 

Once established in the ground, it is not difficult to grow.  Getting it established can be a challenge.  It likes humidity and moisture and can tolerate temperatures into the upper teens F.  It prefers to start growing into filtered light and to work its way into full sun.


REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $52.50

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

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Ceroxylon quindiuense Ceroxylon quindiuense Ceroxylon quindiuense Wikipedia
Ceroxylon quindiuense Ceroxylon quindiuense Ceroxylon quindiuense

 

LYTOCARYUM HOENII
AKA SYAGRUS HOENII

SMALLER AND DELICATE SEMI-DWARF PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL TWO GALLON SIZE

Taxonomists have reclassified Lytocaryum into the genus of Syagrus in recent years.  For forty years I've known this genus as Lytocaryum and shall continue to use this genus name.  This species is native to Brazil but is bigger, a bit more stout in the trunk and somewhat taller than the similar Lytocaryum wedellianum.  But, it is still a delicate and soft palm that prefers understory filtered light sites in the garden.  The two garden shots below, c/o Palmpedia, are from a garden in Ventura, CA.  Leaves are green, leaflets are thin and fine and mature height is about 6 to 7 feet.  Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  We're putting early winter repots on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $70
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

We have limited numbers of this rare species.

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Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii Lytocaryum hoenii
Lytocaryum hoenii PalmPedia Lytocaryum hoenii Venturas CA palmpedia  

 

BRAHEA MOOREI AVAILABLE
THE DWARF ROCK PALM


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


Shown below are 3 year old juvenile seedlings of the super rare and hard to find Brahea moorei.  The seeds for these plants came from a fruiting tree in San Diego County.  They were very slow to germinate and these plants are finally taking on good size for a one gallon.  We're putting them on sale.  Some are on their fifth or sixth leaf.

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

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

These would be easy to mail order - weather permitting.

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Brahea moorei Brahea moorei Brahea moorei
Brahea moorei PACSOA Brahea moorei  TS RPS  

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

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 5 gallon plants in about five to seven years.  Caudex size of the plants on sale is approximately 2 inches.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are four to five years old.  These are showing a bit of their blue color already at this stage and not in sun – so you’ll get blue.  Easy to mail order.  I’m also showing a garden plant and several larger nursery plants.

REGULAR PRICE THESE FIVE GALLON $300
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 5 GALLON $235

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


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Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue 5g 2 inches Encephalartos arenarius blue

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS - BLUE VARIETY
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

 
MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
STUNNING BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

FOR SPECIES DESCRIPTION, SEE ABOVE

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $60

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


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Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius Encephalartos arenarius

 

ZAMIA FISCHERI
AKA ZAMIA VASQUEZII


DWARF GREEN MEXICAN CYCAD
CONES AT A SMALL SIZE - NEVER OVER 3 TO FOUR FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL CIT POT SIZE
 

This is  small Mexican cycad with stems typically under one foot tall in size and leaves green in color and up to three feet long, sometimes shorter.  It usually holds about five or so leaves, sometimes more.  It is a variable species and leaflets can be lanceolate or wedge shaped.  Leaflets are quite thin in texture and have soft spines on the margins.  Overall, this species has a "fern-like" appearance and would not be considered spiny.  The names "vasquezii" replaced the more commonly known name of "fischeri" in the past fifteen years or so. 

The two plants shown here in the first two rows below are eight to ten years old.  One is a female in cone (illustrated).  I am also showing (last row) two super robust garden specimens.    

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discounted price! 

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Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii
Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii Zamia fischeri vasquezii

 

ALOCASIA WENTII
SEMI-DWARF TROPICAL ELEPHANT EAR PLANT

 

PURPLE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 7 GALLON PLANTS


This is a species of Elephant Ear Alocasia.  Some feel it comes from the island of New Guinea but others feel that it is a hybrid of unknown origin.  The reason I mention it is because it is known to be quite cold hardy, perhaps even adaptable to growing zone 7B.  It is a small plant, typically under 3 feet.  The dorsal side of the leaves are green while the underside is purple-black.  It prefers to stay dry in the winter and likes filtered light.  It is a nice companion plant for any garden.  Shown below are 7 gallon plants that are on Special.

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON THIS SPECIES $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $120

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.


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Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii
Alocasia wentii Alocasia wentii

 

ALOCASIA SERENDIPITY
TEXTURED DARK GREEN LEAVES
GORGEOUS COMPANION PLANT



FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


This understory companion plant is a hybrid Alocasia that wants bright but indirect light.  It gets to about 5 to 6 feet tall.  In frost free areas it can be grown in the garden and makes a nice patio plant.  The leaves get about 3 feet long and are crinkled and textured in appearance.  They are dark green with maroon undersides.  Stems are also a reddish green.  The leaves have prominent veins.  Alocasia like adequate water.  It is a very different type of Alocasia.  The last row of photos show a larger nursery plant to demonstrate how it looks when bigger.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $25

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Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity
Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity Alocasia serendipity

 

LEATHER FERN
RUMORHA ADIANTIFORMIS



LOW PROFILE FERN FOR FULL SUN MANY AREAS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The leather fern is a durable and easy to grow fern that tolerates full sun along the coast.  Most ferns want filterred light.  It gets to a height of about two feet and is a similar width.  It can be planted as an individual plant or be used as a ground cover or as a short hedge.  Cold hardiness is into the 20's F.  It wants adequate water but is somewhat drought tolerant.  Leaves are branched and green.

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


Mail order is possible.  The last photo is c/o watersavingplants website.

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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 very large 5 gallon plants.  These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON PLANTS $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $52.50

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

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Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern
Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern Birdsnest Fern

 

DWARF CRINUM LILY
PINK FLOWERS IN SPRING

 

WIDE GREEN LEAVES - MATURE ABOUT 2 FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

We have available a gardener favorite with nice 5g size of a Crinum Lily which has nice pink blossoms in spring and summer.  This is a dwarf species with foliage height not over about two feet.  They have wide green soft leaves and the plants sucker to form small clumps.  They are reliable growers.  These can take some sun and have been successful for almost all that buy them.  When they blossom, you'll love them.  The photos of the blossoms show how pretty they are - wide petals and clusters of flowers.  With age the blossoms can turn more of a white color. 

REGULAR PRICE 5G $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $45
Remember:  Mention this Blog Special when you purchase

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