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ASTROCARYUM MEXICANUM
SINGLE TRUNK SPINY PALM


VERY RARE PALM TO FIND
SPINES ON TRUNKS AND STEMS


Astrocaryum is a genus of spiny palms that are native to areas extending from Mexico, down through Central America and into some Caribbean Islands.  Some are single trunk while others sucker.  Astrocaryum mexicanum is remarkable because it doesn't get too tall and is probably the only species of the genus that can be grown in Southern California.  Trunks, leaf stalks, flower stalks and even the seed clusters can be spiny.  Leaves are green with some silver color to their undersides. 

The last row of pictures here shows how leaves are silver underneath and the entire plant can appear a silver-green.  It is very attractive and tropical appearing and almost impossible to find at a nursery.  When you get one, I'd recommend growing it in filtered light.  Mature height is typically under ten feet.  The first specimen shown has about ten feet of spiny trunk and would be considered very large for a garden.  The second plant is the last row is more typical of what you might see in a garden.  We occasionally have small plants for sale when we can get seeds to germinate.  But, they sell quickly and availability is sporadic.  Cold tolerance is probably just below a freeze.

Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum
Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum
Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum Astrocaryum mexicanum

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
FATTEST TRUNK OF ANY PALM
STATELY AND MAGNIFICENT SPECIES


TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED 15G

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G AS SHOWN $285
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $245

But, mention this Special to get your discount.  Note that we have limited numbers but should be able to get more if needed.  Mail order, in the pot with soil, totally possible but it'll be a big and heavy box to ship.

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

 

PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM

 

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


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

 
REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON $170

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


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

 

CHAMAEDOREA TEPEJILOTE
SINGLE TRUNK, TALL 
SHADE-LOVING PINNATE PALM



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

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

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

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


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

 

BRAHEA MOOREI AVAILABLE
THE DWARF ROCK PALM


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


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

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

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


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

 

BUTIA PARAGUAYENSIS
BLUE-GREEN BUTIA FROM SOUTH AMERICA

 

ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING SIZE



This species is interesting because, in the wild, it is known as a dwarf species that forms minimal trunk.  But, when it is grown domestically, it forms a trunk about the size of
Butia capitata.  It, as you'd guess, comes from Paraguay, with habitat extending into Brazil and northern Argentina.  The color is a blue-green, not as silver as Butia capitata.  The leaves are strongly arched as shown.  It is a full sun plant with cold hardiness into the teens F.  We haven’t had them available for a few years.  We are now offering band size four-five leaf seedlings.  Culture includes full sun and good draining soil.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  I am also showing a photo of a 15g plant from the nursery that is no longer available.   The habitat photo is by TS at RPS

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


Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguayensis
Butia paraguayensis Butia paraguensis TS RPS Butia paraguensis

 

SABAL ETONIA
DWARF SABAL SPECIES FROM FLORIDA


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


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

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


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

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

 

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.  Also some are just too tall to easily ship by mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 5g $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5g SIZE $80

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  

 

RHAPIS EXCELSA
THE LADY PALM 
ONE OF THE BEST INTERIOR PALMS


ALSO GREAT UNDERSTORY GARDEN PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

We have grown these plants from seeds.  They are about 3-4 years old.  Rhapis excelsa is native to Asia and typically doesn't get much over 8 feet tall in a pot.  They do great in shady locations of the garden or inside the home.  They are a very nice patio plant.  Cold hardiness is about 20 degrees F.  They want low dose fertilizer.  Too much fertilizer will burn them.  The plants on special would be easy to ship.  I’ve also shown some garden specimens below.  The last photo shows a larger 20 year old 25 gallon at the nursery.  We have a good selection of these larger specimens.

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

Important:  Mention this Blog Only Offering for this price when you purchase.

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

 

DYPSIS AMPASINDAVA
SPECTACULAR TALL, CROWN SHAFTED PALM



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


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

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLONS $100

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

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

 

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



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

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

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

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

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

 

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.  Thi 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 $70

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
A BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


NO SPINES ON THE LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE ONE GALLON SIZE

This is a popular blue cycad from the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  Leaflets are without spines except at the tip.  They are also thin leaflets, blue in color.  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.  Leaf color in sun is intensely blue like E. horridus.  But, you'll only see this color with full, hot sun.  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 good sized one gallon plants we're putting on special.  They have at least four leaves which are getting pretty long.  These are a piece of cake to ship, but only within the U.S.

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

Remember to mention this Special to get this price when purchasing.

 

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii  Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

ANGEL WING BEGONIA
RED FOLIAGE
PINK FLOWERS


NICE COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL PRETTY 5G SIZE

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

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

Mention this Special for your discount

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

 

PINK CLUSTERING NEOROGELIA
UNUSUAL SEMI-PETITE PINK COMPANION PLANT

FIRST TIME WE'VE HAD THIS VARIETY
TEN DAY SPECIAL CLUSTERS OF ABOUT  8 TO 10 HEADS

On this past Friday we got in about eight of a new Bromeliad - a vibrantly pink clustering and full Neorogelia.  This is a brand new plant for our Nursery.  We started selling them the next day.  I was excited about these plants and wrote this on Saturday morning.  But, by the afternoon they were all gone.  We plan to get in more this week so no to worry.  They are a low profile Bromeliad with heads that are about 6 or 7 inches across.  They want good filtered light.  They are in 8 inch pots.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE BROMELIADS $55


Clustering Pink Neorogelia Clustering Pink Neorogelia Clustering Pink Neorogelia
Clustering Pink Neorogelia Clustering Pink Neorogelia  

 

FRIDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2020

                                                   

MULE PALMS
BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)


15 AND 25 GALLON PLANTS AVAILABLE

MEDIUM HEIGHT - SUPER COLD HARDY!

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

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

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



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

 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
THE MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR


NEVER OVER ABOUT FOUR FEET TALL

Customers often shy away from the regular Elephant Ear Alocasia because of it's potential size of up to eight feet with huge leaves.  There is even one species that gets super tall and almost takes over the garden.  But, what I'm showing you here (Alocasia Cal-Odora) is a true dwarf with plants that never get much above your knees.  The leaves are a foot wide and color is green.  They are an ideal plant where you want a low profile companion plant to cover the garden floor.

This species can take full coastal sun or part day sun and filtered light in all areas.  They do like and respond to water.  We sell a ton of these but do have limited supplies of five and fifteen gallon plants.  We often put them on sale for reduced prices.  When people see how they perform they often come back for more.

The last two photos shown plants of this species at our nursery.  From time to time we do put this species on special.  Also, we offer super unusual and different types of Alocasia, so if you are a tropical plant freak, come and see us. 

ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA
ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA

 

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 this summer.  They are nicely sized but would like to grow for a while in their present containers. 

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $95
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 

 

HYOPHORBE INDICA
A BEAUTIFUL MEDIUM SIZED PALM


THIN TRUNK, BEAUTIFUL LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This species of medium sized palm from Reunion Island has been grown by many successfully in Southern CA.  It doesn't get too tall (about 20 ft), likes full sun and tolerates temperatures into the mid 20's F.  When young some varieties show a red-brown color to the stem and base.  In addition to not being very large in height, it also has a rather thin trunk as you can see below.  It is pinnate and crown shafted.  It is also a quick grower. 

Shown here are some nicely sized 5g plants that were repotted this summer.  Trunk size mature will be thin, perhaps six to eight inches.  This species prefers heat and sun along the coast.  Of note, this species is in the same family as Hyophorbe verschafeltii, the Spindle Palm and Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, the Bottle Palm (both of which we also offer for sale).  But, H. indica is more cold hardy than either of these species.  The 5g on sale below are summer repots.  The last photo shows a nursery plant in a 35 gallon pot.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70 

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

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

 

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 $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $75

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

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX MAXIMA
LARGEST OF THE KING PALMS

NEWLY EMERGING RED LEAVES
FAIRLY TALL CROWN SHAFTED PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE 


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

It is a quick growing pinnate palm native to Australia.  It's rare to see them available and also hard to find good photos of this species.  Of note, as you see on one photo below, the newly emerging leaf is red.  I wish to thank L.N. below for his picture of a mature tree.  The plants I'm putting on special are 5 gallon size.  Most are multiples and the one shown below is a double with two plants in the pot.  In the last row of photos, I'm showing two 15 gallon plants, but they are not on special right now.

REGULAR PRICE BAND $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $75


Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

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

 

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


NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
5 GALLON SIZE NOW AVAILABLE

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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


Remember: Mention this Special for your discount.  Can be shipped.   

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

 

TRITHRINAX CAMPESTRIS
BLUE, SUCKERING FAN PALM
VERY COLD HARDY


LIMITED NUMBER OLD SUCKERING 5G
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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


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


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

 

SERENOA REPENS
THE SAW PALMETTO


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


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


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $37.50


Just mention this Special for your discount when you purchase.

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

 

BRAHEA ELEGANS
THE FRANCESHI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
CAN BE GROWN IN FILTERED LIGHT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1G SIZE

You don't see this species offered that often.  It is native to the Pacific coastal mountains from Central Mexico down to Guatemala.  It has circular leaves that tend to be flat and a very glossy green on the upper side.  The underside of the leaves can be a bit silver.  Trunk diameter is a pleasant 12 inches and specimens can reach 30 feet of height after many decades.  

Regarding culture, it is not quite as cold hardy as other Brahea species like armata, clara and decumbens.  I'd suspect it may go into the upper teens F.  It is more tolerant of moisture and can be grown in filtered light if there's good drainage.  In the latter conditions the leaves are large, flat and shiny.  They sort of look like a Licuala leaf.

We just got in a limited number of nice 1g plants.  They are easy to ship.

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

You must mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you purchase

Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans
Brahea elegans Brahea elegans Brahea elegans

 

CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX
SEMI-DWARF SUCKERING BAMBOO PALM


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


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

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $65
SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $55

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

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

 

RARE CYCAS SPECIES
ALL OLD FOR CONTAINER SIZE



THESE PLANTS CAN BE MAIL ORDERED
DIFFICULT TO FIND SPECIES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ALL OUR OUR RARE CYCAS SPECIES


Below you will see an assortment of six unusual Cycas species of cycads that we photographed recently.  These have all been seed grown at our nursery.  Estimated ages are eight to twelve years.  They were not repotted so most are large caudexes for their pots and didn't grow to their potential.  All need to go into the ground or be repotted.  All these plants have seen a freeze or colder at our nursery and are doing fine. 

Cycas is a genus of Old World plants native to areas stretching from China southwards through Asia, into Australia, surrounding areas and west over to Africa.  There’s even one native to Madagascar.  In general plants are larger than the Ceratozamia.  There are over one hundred species in this genus.  The common Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta, is a member of this group of cycads.  Most species have a cylindrical trunk with leaves emerging from the top.  The leaves of most are green in color although there are some difficult to grow blue species.  There’s even some species (see below) that are quite different and have branching leaves, much like the Fishtail Palms.  As a group, Cycas are fast growing and range in height from head level to way overhead.  

TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY RARE CYCAS IN STOCK -
20% DISCOUNT OFF OF REGULAR PRICE


All of the plants shown below are a shippable size.  We have many more rare Cycas than shown here.


Cycas campestris
Citrus pot size

   
Cycas campestris Cycas campestris Cycas campestris
Cycas campestris Cycas campestris  

Cycas clivicola var lutea
Citrus pot size

   
Cycas clivicola var lutea Cycas clivicola var lutea Cycas clivicola var lutea
Cycas clivicola var lutea Cycas clivicola var lutea  

Cycas loei
AKA Cycas petraea
5 gallon

   
Cycas loei Cycas loei Cycas loei
Cycas loei Cycas loei  

Cycas pectinata
15 gallon

   
Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata
Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata  

Cycas species no spines
Unknown species
Citrus pot

   
Cycas species no spines Cycas species no spines Cycas species no spines
Cycas species no spines Cycas species no spines  

Cycas tansachana
Citrus pot

   
Cycas tansachana Cycas tansachana Cycas tansachana
Cycas tansachana Cycas tansachana

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS


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

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CAUDEX $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $350

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

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

 

MACROZAMIA MOOREI
LARGER COLD HARDY CYCAD


A CYCAD THAT EVENTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A PALM TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS

This larger cycad is native to Queensland, Australia.  Over many decades, it establishes a thick trunk and can get ten to twenty feet tall.  It is recognizable because of its long, curved and keeled leaves (V shaped in cross section).  Other species like M. johnsoni and communis have much flatter leaves.  The nursery plant shown here is in a 5 gallon pot and is about eight years old.  The caudex size is about three inches.  You’ll notice the keeled leaves on the photos.  It wants full sun.  It might even work in some sun in the desert.  Cold hardiness is into the upper teens F.  We have a whole assortment of sizes of this species.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON OF THIS SIZE $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON THIS SIZE $150

This size is easy to ship.  Mention this Special to get this price when purchasing.

Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei
Macrozamia moorei Macrozamia moorei  

 

HIBISCUS MIDNIGHT
RED BLOSSOM


RARE VARIETY
TEN DAY SPECIAL FLOWERING ONE GALLON


As a nursery, we're not a specialty Hibiscus grower.  But, I've always loved these plants.  Even older species, around for quite a while, add color and charm to the garden.  And, newer varieties are amazing.  The reason we backed off from Hibiscus is that they attract white fly problems.  This was especially present a decade ago but has become less of a problem nowadays.  So, we are growing some cool varieties presently.  Most are from cuttings from collections of desirable plants.  The one on sale here has large red (touch of pink) blossoms.  They are fully rooted.

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $30

Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight 
Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red   Hibiscus midnight red  

 

ASPERAGUS FERN MYERI
ASPARAGUS DENSIFLORUS "MEYERS"
THE FOXTAIL FERN


CLUMPER - NOT RUNNER!
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE 

This evergreen fern is native to South Africa and only gets about one to two feet tall and three to four feet wide.  It doesn't run or take over the garden - it stays as a smaller clump.  It has tight, fluffy green leaves as shown here.  When I planted out my garden 40 years ago, I didn't know the difference.  I planted Asparagus Fern sprengeri.  What a mistake!  It takes over.  But, the one shown here doesn't run or monopolize an area.  It remains a nice little clump.  It's really cute, cold hardy to 20 degrees F. and easy to grow.  It likes filtered light or sun along the coast and wants average water.  The last photo taken by GCIII.  

REGULAR PRICE 5G $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL $35

Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.  Garden photo c/o K.G.III.
 

AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri  AsperAgus Fern Myeri
Asperagus Fern Myeri
Alma holding a 5 gallon plant 
Asperagus fern sprengeri Mo Bot Garden
Asparagus springeri - Don't get this one 
Asparagus myeri photo by Karl Gercens III
myeri

 

NEOROGELIA - RED SPECKLED
RED AND GREEN COLORED BROMELIAD


GREAT PART DAY SUN COMPANION PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

These attractive Bromeliads offer a nice speckled combination of red and green and are easy to grow.  Our nursery is close to the Ocean and we grow them in full sun.  If you are inland, try part day sun.  They pup freely and are low maintenance.  They'll take temperatures into the upper 20's F. if you give them the right care.

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $37.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Discount for this reduced price when you purchase.
 
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED
NEROGELIA RED SPECKLED    

 

WEDNESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

 

NEW FLUSH OF LEAVES ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
BRILLIANT BLUE COLOR


JUST THOUGHT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE THIS PLANT


Many times over the year I've offered for sale or discussed Encephalartos lehmannii.  It's an enthusiast favorite.  This South African species is native to the Eastern Cape and known for it's silver to blue leaves.  It never gets very large.  A thirty year old plant probably won't exceed six feet in overall size.  Leaflets don't have spines except for the tip of the leaflet. 

The flush of new leaves shown below in the first six photos shows the beautiful color of the leaves.  To the touch, these new leaves are soft and pliable.  They'll firm up over the next month or two.  This plant has an 18 inch tall caudex.  But, we have many sizes for sale from seedlings to 40 year old specimens.


Encephalartos lehmannii large 25 gallon, new flush Encephalartos lehmannii large 25 gallon, new flush Encephalartos lehmannii large 25 gallon, new flush
Encephalartos lehmannii large 25 gallon, new flush Encephalartos lehmannii large 25 gallon, new flush Encephalartos lehmannii large 25 gallon, new flush
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

      

CYCAS THOUARSII


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

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

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

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

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

 

PRITCHARDIA HILDEBRANDTII
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN TROPICAL FAN PALM
TOLERATES COASTAL FULL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE


This popular fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about twenty feet.  Leaves are usually green but there is a blue-leafed form.  Trunk diameter is about 8 to 10 inches.  Leaves are palmate with a bit of wave in the cross section.  Along the coast they'll take full sun.  Inland areas should try morning sun or strong filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the upper twenties F.  The 25g we have shown here is about 12 feet tall in the pot and is about 12 years old.  I’d estimate it’s the size of a 30 to 36 inch boxed plant.  It’s way too big for mail orders but could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available.

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON $450

Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  
Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii Pritchardia hildebrandtii  

 

PRITCHARDIA MINOR 
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80

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

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

 

DYPSIS CARLSMITHII
ORIGINALLY CALLED "DYPSIS STUMPY"

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

PRITCHARDIA LOWERYANA
RARE TROPICAL FAN PALM OF HAWAII



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

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

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


Remember to mention this Blog Special when buying.

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

 

PINANGA JAVANA
SINGLE TRUNK, TROPICAL & EXOTIC SPECIES


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

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

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


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

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM


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

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

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

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


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA STOLINIFERA
A SEMI-DWARF, SUCKERING SHADE PALM


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


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

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

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

Remember to mention this Blog Only Special.

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

 

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM


SUCKERING TROPICAL FAN PALM WITH SOME COLD TOLERANCE
MEDIUM SIZED - RATHER THIN TRUNKS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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This species is native to a vast region stretching from Florida, Mexico and Central American, down through the Caribbean Islands into northern South America.  It has thin fibrous trunks that average about four to five inches diameter.  Height is variable.  In more tropical regions it can get up to twenty feet or more.  In Southern California it usually tops out at about fifteen feet.  With occasional pruning, it is fairly tidy and attractive.  Leaves are small and green in color.  Growth rate is medium.

One nice thing about this species is that it can tolerate temperatures below 20 degrees F.  It's not known for being super cold hardy, but can take some cold.  It also likes heat, sun and lots of water. Shown below are our 5g plants which we're putting on Ten Day Special.  The photo below by the pond was taken at Balboa Park in San Diego and the last photo shows a tree in fruit.

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


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

ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII

 

ENCEPHALARTOS MUCHII
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN CYCAD


 

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


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


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

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

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


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 munchii blue

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS
RARE & SOUGHT AFTER "BLUNT TIP" VARIETY



DEFINITELY DIFFERENT APPEARING
HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

This rare South African cycad is from the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  It is a good sized cycad with leaf color variable from dark green to brilliant blue.  Trunks can reach a height of twelve feet or more.  There is a leaflet form of this species that is quite different.  I've shown several photos of the leaflets below.  They do not come to a sharp point but rather a muted or rounded off tip.  Most find this form to be super attractive.  It's become sort of a collector only item. 

Anticipate that it will prefer full sun along the coast but in desert areas would want a few hours of sun.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees F.  
When new customers visit the nursery to get a cycad, E. longifolius is usually one of their favorites.  When they see this form, they just "have to have it". 

REGULAR PRICE BAND BLUNT TIP E. LONGIFOLIUS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $70

As always, mention this Blog Special for your discount at the time of purchase.

Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip
Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip Encephalartos longifolius blunt tip

 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS
RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - LIKES COASTAL SUN
EXAMPLE OF NICE PLANT AT THE NURSERY
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

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 plant shown below is more of a green leaf variety.  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 old one gallons in five to seven years.  They all have six to seven leaves or more and are four years old.  These are showing 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.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES

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

 

BILLBERGIA SPECIES - A BROMELIAD
SUMMER BLOOMER WITH PINK BLOSSOMS


HUGE CLUSTERS IN POTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE OLD PLANTS


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

REGULAR PRICE THESE CLUSTERS $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS $75


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


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Bilbergia species  Bilbergia species  Billbergia blossom Wikipedia 

 

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

 

SUMMER BLOOMER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7G/15G PLANTS

We've been growing this winning plant for a time.  It prefers filtered light and is a dwarf plant that puts out clusters of huge pink flowers.  This variety is pink but they also can come in red, apricot, orange, yellow and a whole assortment of other colors.  They typically get to a height of five feet or less and throw long lasting blossoms.  See how beautiful they are now - yet pictures from a month ago had no flowers.  Along the coast they can take full sun.  Cold hardiness is into the twenties F.  Plants are about as wide as they are tall and make a wonderful and colorful addition to the garden floor.  You'll not see this plant around too much.  We sold them like crazy last year as everyone wants color for shady areas.  In a week or a bit more, I'll be getting in about six or eight more.  I'm offering them now for people to reserve.  Then, they'll be gone again.  Easy to ship.  BTW, they blossom in the spring.  So, if you get one now, you'll have color soon.  One picture below shows the plant in winter, no blossoms.

REGULAR PRICE EITHER SIZE $145
TEN DAY SPECIAL $100

Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase to get the discount.  The garden photo below is from Vipsad website.  Also, be aware that soon we'll no longer be able to get these.  They are a summer bloomer.


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

 

MONDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

THIRTY DESIRABLE PALMS THAT MANY OF YOU CAN GROW!
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STANDOUTS



MOST ARE COASTAL SUN LOVING SPECIES
MOST AVAILABLE AT OUR NURSERY


Below you will find thirty named species or genera of palms that have been successfully grown by many in Southern California.  Many of the palms below may also do well in other areas like warmer parts of Northern California, Southern Texas, some Gulf States and Central & South Florida.  I've selected a variety of both fan and feather palms.  Some are suckering species.  These are presented in random order showing a mature specimen so you can see what any give species will look like when large.  Most want full sun but a few would benefit from filtered light far inland.  I hope you enjoy this presentation.

Dypsis lutescens
Dypsis lutescens
Bismarckia nobilis
Bismarckia nobilis
Roystonea regia
Roystonea regia
Dypsis leptocheilos
Dypsis leptocheilos
Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea hooperiana
Pritchardia lowreyana
Pritchardia species
Archontophoenix purpurea
Archontophoenix purpurea
Jubaea chilensis
Jubaea chilensis 
Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis 
Caryota gigas
Caryota gigas 
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii 
Sabal causiarum
Sabal causiarum 
Rhapis humilis
Rhapis humilis 
Ravenea glauca
Raenea glauca 
Brahea armata
Brahea armata 
Parajubaea torallyi
Parajubaea torallyi 
Coconut Queen JI
Coconut Queen 
Phoenix sylvestris
Phoenix sylvestris 
Howea forsteriana
Howeas forsteriana 
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Hedyscepe canterburyana 
Laccospadix australasica
Laccospadix australasica 
Arenga engleri
Arenga engleri
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Hyophorbe verschafeltii
Coccothrinax argentata
Coccothrinax argentata
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decaryi
Dypsis decipiens
Dypsis decipiens
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Trithrinax acanthicoma
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Chamaedorea tepejilote
Rhopalostylis baueri
Rhopalostylis baueri
Dictyosperma album
Dictyosperma albumm

 

WALLICHIA DISTICHA
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM
LEAVES IN ONE PLANE



A VERY INTERESTING AND PECULIAR PALM

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

This is an unusual palm that has all of its leaves in a single plane.  That is to say from the front, it is a fairly large, "Caryota-appearing" palm tree.  But, looking from the side, it is narrow and you can hardly see it.  The dictionary definition of "distichous" is:  "Arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis: distichous leaves. "  In this case, the trunk of the palm is the axis.  

This species is native to the Himalaya Mountains in Asia, spreading from northern India across to northern Thailand.  There it grows at altitudes of up to 4000 feet.  Because of it's heritage and as you might guess, it does have some cold hardiness and can easily be grown in many areas of Southern California.  It tolerates temperatures down to about the mid to upper twenties F.  It prefers full sun.  Mature height is about 30 feet.  Usually this species is single trunk, but in the wild suckering specimens are found.  This is not to confuse it with another suckering species, Wallichia densiflora,  which is always a clustering species.  

Wallichia could be confused with Arenga and Caryota, both of which are also from the same part of the world.  All have leaflets that have jagged or toothed apical ends as shown here.  All also go through a flowering process that begins at the upper trunk and works its way down the trunk over time.  And, all have stems that die after suckering.  When there is only one stem (as with this species), the tree will die after it flowers.  Seeds of Wallichia disticha are very small as shown here.  The back sides of Wallichia and Arenga leaflets are silver whereas Caryotas are green on the back side.  This helps in identifying the genus.  Trunks of Wallichia disticha are also covered with dense brown fibers as shown here.   

We have very limited numbers of this rare species for sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for you.  But, we only have a few of the 15 gallon available.  

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $200


Remember to mention this Special to get your discount.

Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha WALLICHIA DISTICHA
WALLICHIA DISTICHA Wallichia disticha Wallichia disticha

 

ARENGA MICRANTHA 
LARGE SUCKERING PINNATE PALM FROM INDIA THAT TOLERATES COLD


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

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

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

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

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

 

VARIEGATED RHAPIS EXCELSA
EXOTIC - TEND TO BE SMALL, MINIATURE PALMS

DON'T LIKE TOO MUCH NITROGEN
LIMITED SUPPLIES AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY VARIEGATED RHAPIS WE HAVE

This is another post to remind readers that we still offer a good supply of the highly coveted variegated Rhapis excelsa.  Known as the "Gems of the Orient", these striking plants typically have yellow or white variegation on green leaves.  Most plants at mature size are three to six feet.  There are many exotic varieties - most popular in Japan where affluent collectors compete to obtain the most striking plants.  Propagation is by divisions only.  So, one must mother plants for divisions so you'd have a plant to sell. 

The plant leaflet photos below are an assortment of our Nursery plants.  The variegation consists of very narrow bands of yellow on green.  They are sort of hard to see here.  On any given leaflets there are lots of these narrow, subtle stripes.

Contact us if you are interested in getting one.  BTW, these are never inexpensive plants.  And, they are all different.  The variegation seems to be different from leaf to leaf on all varieties.

TEN DAY SPECIAL:  15% OFF ANY VARIEGATED RHAPIS IN STOCK

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variegated Rhapis variegated Rhapis variegated Rhapis
variegated Rhapis variegated Rhapis variegated Rhapis

 

BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM


POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANTS

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

This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22 degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury.  Shown are the 15 gallon plants on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $175

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price. 


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING PALM


VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

The native home of Archontophoenix purpurea is the Mt. Lewis mountain range in Queensland, Australia.  This species is known for the purple color to the crown shaft.  It is found at an elevation up to 4000 feet.  Mature height is quoted to be over fifty feet, but in habitat and culture I didn't see one this tall.  For types of King Palms, this species is stated to have the thickest trunk.  I don't think I agree with this and feel A. maxima is thicker.  Most I've seen have a trunk diameter of twelve inches or somewhat more. 

Cold hardiness is about 25 degrees F.  It takes full coastal sun.  The degree of purple in the crown shaft is variable but never "lollipop" purple.  The underside of the leaves is silver and there is ramenta hairs only on this side.  On younger plants the leaf bases and leaf stem tend to have a yellow color.  I'm showing our 15g size which we're putting on a Ten Day Special.  This size is shown in the first two rows of photos.  You'll note that the crown shaft is beginning to pick up the purple color.  We also have other sizes of this species for sale. 

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

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


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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS
AKA "BECCARIOPHOENIX WINDOWS""

 

LARGER PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL RARELY SEEN 15G 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.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special to get your discount when you buy.  The garden photos are co TS at RPS and Ray Baker, HI.  We only have a few left of this species.


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

 

KENTIOPSIS PIERSONIORUM
PIERSON'S PALM
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER PALMS


THIN TRUNK - WHITE AND PURPLE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

This spectacular and gorgeous palm is native to high elevation in the mountains of New Caledonia where there is just one small colony of plants.  It is one of the most sought after palms in the world.  At it's high elevation of 1000 to 3000 feet in habitat, it gets to a height of forty feet.  It is a single trunk, pinnate and crown shafted palm.  The trunk is thin and has a purple and frost white colored crown shaft as shown below.  Leaves are green, strongly keeled and curved toward the ground.  It is also known to be a very slow growing palm.  I would recommend starting it (after acclimation) is filtered light and let it grow it's way into the sun.  It is being grown by  a few avid collectors in this area.  We just got in four 5 inch band container plants that I'm putting on Special.  I can't over-emphasize how difficult it is to get one of this species.  It'll probably be years before I can offer them again.

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $75

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Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum
Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum Kentiopsis piersoniorum

 

CARPOXYLON MACROSPERMUM
DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFTED PALM


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


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

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

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

 

CYCAS PECTINATA
TALL GREEN ASIAN CYCAD

SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE


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

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

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Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata Cycas pectinata
CYCAS PECTINATA CYCAS PECTINATA CYCAS PECTINATA

 

CYCAS GUIZHOUENSIS
RARE SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CHINESE CYCAD

 

GREEN UPRIGHT LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS


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

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

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


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

 

CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIX X DEBAOENSIS
CYCAD HYBRID OF TWO RARE SPECIES



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

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

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

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

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

 

DIOON ARGENTEUM
A SUPER RARE SILVER-GREEN DIOON FROM MEXICO


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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

 

RARE YELLOW FORM SOMTIMES AVAILABLE
FULL SUN – SOME COLD HARDINESS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

We are fortunate here in Southern California because there are quite a few striking, beautiful flowering tropical trees that we can grow.  Included in this group is the African Tulip Tree with its clusters of large blossoms.  They typically have clusters of large orange to red blossoms.  There is a more rare yellow form that sometimes we offer.  This species blooms in summer but sometimes longer.  Flowers are long lasting.  The mature plants below are a few blocks from the nursery and have been in bloom for over two months.  It wants full sun.  Cold hardiness is estimated to be in the mid-twenties F.  Growth rate is medium.  The plants on special are between 3 and 5 feet tall in their pots.

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

Remember:  10 days at this price – Mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this price.  The 5 gallon size on special is shown in the first four photos below.

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA
SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA

 

TRADESCANTIA PALLIDA
THE PURPLE HEART PLANT


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

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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special.


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

 

ENSETE MAURELII
RED BANANA

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE WITH RED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The Red Banana is an ideal landscape item for color and beauty.  They have a definite and prominent red color to the leaf stems, trunk and backs of the leaves.  The dorsal leaf also shows a flush of red.  Mature size is about twelve feet or a bit more or less.  Basal diameter at maturity is 12 to 16 inches.  Be aware they are fast growing but only last five or six years before flowering and dying.  But, if you replace the plant, they quckly replace the last one.  They do not bear fruit, like full sun and are cold tolerant down to about a freeze.  If you want bananas, get an edible fruiting Banana which we also carry.  The last photo is by Linda Cochran.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $55

ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA
ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA
ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA ENSETE MAURELII RED BANANA lINDA COCHRAN  

 

CAVENDISH BANANA
DWARF CULTIVAR


QUITE COLD HARDY AND SEMI-DWARF
WILL PRODUCE EDIBLE FRUIT
AND, CAN BE GROWN AS A HOUSEPLANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON PLANTS

We are a tropical fruit nursery but, we appreciate how popular growing bananas is.  So, we're offering a banana cultivar that offers three two nice qualities:  Short stature, pretty good cold hardiness and it makes edible bananas!  The Cavendish Dwarf cultivar hardly ever gets above six feet tall.  We recently got in some huge and very nice 15 gallon plants that had been grown outdoors.  Expect a mature height of six or seven feet.  This banana wants full sun in most areas.  Cold hardiness is at least to the low 20's F.  If cold does kill the growth above the ground, it typically comes back when weather warms.  And, yes it does produce edible bananas.  In fact, this variety of banana is often sold in organic farmer's markets. 

REGULAR PRICE 15G $155
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $135

Mention this Special for your discount!  The last picture is c/o Wikipedia


Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana
Cavendish Banana Cavendish Banana Cavendish

 

FRIDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LEHMANNII
TWO LARGE MALE PLANTS IN CONE



BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD
OFFERING PLANTS - SMALL TO VERY LARGE



I thought I'd show you the male cones on two old specimen E. lehmannii.  This is  smaller type of blue South African cycad.  Mature plants are rarely taller than eight feet with caudexes that peak out at four to five feet height.  Leaflets are unarmed except for the terminal portion of the leaflet.  It wants sun in coastal areas and limited sun in the desert.  Cold hardiness is about 22 degrees F.  The male cones are a dark burnt orange to maroon color.  Female cones are different and both plants below are males.  The plants shown here have caudexes of 16 and 21 inch heights.  We have an assortment of sizes of this species available, many of which can be mail ordered.  Larger plants require delivery - too big for UPS or Federal Express.

Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii
Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii Encephalartos lehmannii

 

CHAMAEDOREA CATARACTARUM
THE CAT PALM


A SEMI-DWARF CLUSTERING PALM
HEIGHT TO ABOUT TO SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 15G POT SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL $185

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.


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

 

BRAHEA ARMATA
THE MEXICAN BLUE FAN PALM
BLUE HESPER PALM

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

TRACHYCARPUS TAKAGHI
NATURAL WINDMILL HYBRID



SEEDS FROM WILD
FIVE GALLON PLANTS - TEN DAY SPECIAL


About fifteen years ago I received seeds from Tobias Spanner that he told me were a natural hybrid between T. fortunei and T. takil.  The seeds were wild collected.  Tobias told me that these were named Trachycarus takaghi.  I germinated the seeds and now, many years later, am offering very old 5 gallon plants.  They have proven to be extremely slow growing. The hopes would be they'd be something different and pick up the super cold hardiness of the takil.  You can see that these plants are crawling the pot horizontally as opposed to trunking.  Perhaps they will prove to be a dwarf species.  I have no habitat photos but am showing a plant from a customer in Texas (TM) that was planted about ten years ago in his garden.  You can see, in that time, it certainly has not produced much trunk.  I'm putting this hybrid on special but only have a few for sale.

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

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase.

Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g
Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g Trachycarpus takaghi 5g
Trachycarpus takaghi TM Texas 12 years Trachycarpus takaghi  

 

CHAMAEDOREA KLOTZSCHIANA
RARE UNDERSTORY PALM - GROUPED LEAFLETS


SINGLE TRUNK - MEDIUM SIZED
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE


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

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

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

 

CARPENTERIA ACUMINATA
TALL, VERY THIN TRUNK
NATIVE TO NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $40

Remember:  Mention this Special!

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
DWARF SINGLE TRUNK

 

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


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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $50


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

CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA
CHAMAEDOREA TENELLA Chamaedoea tenella Chamaedorea tenella HJD

 

LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA
USER FRIENDLY CYCAD – SPINELESS!


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

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $275

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

 

LEPIDOZAMIA HOPEI
LEPIDOZAMIA SPECIES WITH WIDER LEAFLETS

 

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


This species of cycad gets enormous!  I mean really tall.  There are specimens with heights to almost 60 feet.  Leaves are six to ten feet long.  Leaflets are soft and without spines or armor.
For this reason, it is felt to be a very user friendly cycad.  But, you must give it adequate room to grow.  Compared to the Lepidozamia peroffskyana, the hopei leaflets are wider.  It's quite noticable when you compare the two side by side. This is the best way to tell them apart when they are young.  Culturally, it is quite similar to L. peroffskyana, preferring some sun but not full sun in most areas.  Far inland it may do better with filtered light. In terms of rarity, you don't see this species for sale that often.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to lower 20's F.  We're putting citrus pot size on sale with caudexes of 4 to 5 inches.  These can be mail ordered.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT THIS SIZE $325

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

PINK JASMINE
JASMINUM POLYANTHUS
FLORID FRAGRANT BLOSSOMS EARLY SUMMER


5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL

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

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


Just remember to mention this Blog Only Special when you purchase

 

Pink Jasmine Pink Jasmine Pink Jasmine
Pink Jasmine

 

DUDLEYA BRITTONIA
BLUE TO CHALK WHITE
MINIATURE MATURE SIZE


LOVES SUN
TAKES HARDLY ANY WATER
TEN DAY SPECIAL SQUAT 5 GALLON PLANTS

For the past few years we've occasionally offered this strikingly "white" succulent that is native to North America.  It has a very small mature size, rarely over 12 to 16 inches wide.  Leaf color is white to blue.  If it gets more water in the summer it gets more of a blue color.  Spring to summer blossoms are a pink color.  Culturally, one should not over water it.  This can cause rot.  I met a friend who had an old one.  I asked him "How often do you water it?".  He said "never".  "Only rain water".  That says it all. 

The squat 5 gallon plants on special today are very attractive and will be instantly pretty in the garden.  Note the intensely white color.  They want full sun and are cold hardy into the teens F.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $60

Dudleya britonii Dudleya britonii Dudleya britonii
Dudleya britonii Dudleya britonii Dudleya britonii

 

HELICONIA SCHIEDIANA
BANANA-LIKE SUCKERING TROPICAL PLANT


ORANGE OR RED/YELLOW UPRIGHT BLOSSOMS

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

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


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

 

WEDNESDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER, 2020

PRITCHARDIA MINOR IN SAN DIEGO
MATURE AND FRUITING FOR YEARS



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


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

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

 

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

 

BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII
THE MADAGASCAR PLATEAU COCONUT PALM


MEDIUM SIZES SINGLE TRUNK PALM
HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER

TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 15G SIZED PLANTS

This species of exotic palm is from the island of Madagascar.  It is the third of three Beccariophoenix species described from this palm-loaded country.  It is so sought after because some feel that it's the prettiest species of the three.  And, because it may possess the best cold hardiness.  I've documented other Beccariophoenix species tolerating temperatures below 25 degrees at our nursery.  So, this species may survive in areas like San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston.  It grows to a height of about thirty feet and does not have a crown shaft.  Leaves are long and minimally curved.  The crown of leaves are densely placed.  Growth rate is medium in most areas and along the coast it likes sun.  This species is hard to find.  We're putting our limited supplies of 15g plants on ten day special.  As you can see from the photos, they are good sized.  For mail order, we should also have smaller sizes available.

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


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


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

 

SYAGRUS CORONATA
THE LICURY PALM

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE - BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL HARD TO FIND 15G SIZE


This single trunk Syagrus is native to Brazil.  It gets to an average height of 15 feet.  The trunk is a bit stout for a Syagrus and often has retained old leaf bases at the top of the bare trunk.  Leaves are gray-green in color and somewhat plumose.  Growth rate is medium.  It wants full sun and is cold hardy perhaps into the mid twenties F. or possibly a bit lower.  Many feel that, apart from the common Queen Palm, this is one of the more cold hardy of the genus.  But, it's difficult to find, especially with any size.  We have a limited number of 15g we're putting on sale.  These are too big for mail order.

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

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

Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata
Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata
Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata Syagrus coronata

 

CHAMAEDOREA PLUMOSA
THE BABY QUEEN PALM


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

For anyone who's looked for this species lately, you realize it's in very short supply.  This is because of a several year shortage of seeds the past few years.  We are pleased to presently three different sizes, all on sale.  All are multiples with at least 3 plants per pot.  This species gets up to about 14 feet height with a green, ringed trunk about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The leaves are plumose or fluffy.  They are quick growing and perfect for narrow planter areas.  It will take full coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  It can also be used as a houseplant in a bright area.  We’re putting on sale popular sizes of 1, 5 and 15g plants.  .

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

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

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


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

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

 

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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $185
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $150

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


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

    

BASSELINIA PANCHERI
COLORFUL SINGLE TRUNK NEW CALEDONIA PALM

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


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

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

Remember to mention this Special.

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

 

BRAHEA SPECIES "SUPER SILVER"
NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


BLUE WITH THINNER TRUNK THAT B. ARMATA

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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


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


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

 

VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

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


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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX PURPUREA
THE PURPLE CROWN SHAFT KING

 

VERY BEAUTIFUL - GOOD GROWER
TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON SIZE


SEE SPECIES DESCRIPTION ABOVE


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

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

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

 

ARCHONTOPHOENIX "TERACARPA"
THE BEST KING PALM EVER!


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


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $70

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

 

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 $80

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

 

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

 

MELIANTHUS MAJOR
THE HONEY BUSH


COLD HARDY - MAROON UPRIGHT FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


The Honey Bush plant has green to blue-green leaves.  It is native to South Africa.  It mixes nicely with a cycad garden.  They want full sun and get anywhere from six to fifteen feet tall with a similar width.  Flowers are upright, about 18 inches long and maroon in color.  Cold hardiness is into the teens F.  They are a water conserving type of plant.  They are also quite easy to grow.  The variety we offer ten to be more blue colored leaves.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE $30

These should be easy to mail order.  The last blossom photo is c/o Wikipedia.


Melianthus major Melianthus major Melianthus major
Melianthus major Melianthus major Melianthus major wikipedia

 

TWO VARIEGATED HIBISCUS
ONE WITH RED FLOWERS, ONE WITH YELLOW

FORM SMALL BUSHES OR TREES
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS


Below I am showing you two different variegated Hibiscus. 

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL EITHER TYPE BELOW $25

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

 

CORDYLINE AUSTRALIS
RED HYBRID FORM


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

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

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

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.


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Cordyline australis purple Cordyline australis wikipedia  

 


            MONDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER, 2020

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM


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

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

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

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


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

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN



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


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

CHECK BELOW TODAY'S POST - ONE GALLON ON SALE

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

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
A PERFECT UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT



NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES


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

CHECK BELOW TODAY'S POST - 5 GALLON SIZE ON SALE!

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

 

DYPSIS DECARYI
THE TRIANGLE PALM



MEDIUM MATURE HEIGHT
THREE SIDED CROWN SHAFT WITH COLOR
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G AND 25G SIZES

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON $450
TEN DAY SPECIAL 225 GALLON $385

 

Remember to mention this Blog Special at the time of purchase.  The 15g size is shown in the first row of photos and the 25g in the second row.

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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.


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

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS SAPIDA
GREAT BARRIER ISLAND FORM

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


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

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

Remember:  Mention this Special when purchasing. 

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Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island RPS Rhopalostylis sapida great barrier island

 

LICUALA PELTATA VARIETY PELTATA
LARGE DIVIDED AND FLAT TROPICAL LEAF

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

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS $80

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

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

 

BRAHEA NITIDA
FLAT GREEN LEAF - NATIVE TO MEXICO


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


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

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

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

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


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

 

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


What good fortune is it that New Caledonia can claim to be the home of all Chambeyronia.  Included is this species, C. macrocarpa.  It is a slow growing, pinnate, crown shafted palm that gets to a height of about 30 feet.  It has a dark green to green-black crown shaft.  Compare this to C. hookeri above with it's yellow crown shaft.  Leaves are wide, thick and leathery to the touch.  With good culture, maybe you can get three new leaves a year.  About one in twenty plants fail to throw a new red leaf - rather, it remains green.  This is just bad luck and there's no way to predict which will do this.  Shown here are 5 gallon plants we're putting on sale.  We do have larger and smaller sizes available.  Coastal sun is tolerated although strong filtered light is ok for most areas.  This is a great garden palm.

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


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

 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
Chambeyronia by TS RPS  Chambeyronia macrocarpa  Chambeyronia macrocarpa

CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA
THE FLAME THROWER PALM
NEW RED EMERGING LEAF


DARK GREEN CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 & 15 GALLON SIZE

SEE SPECIES DESCRIPTION ABOVE

We have a limited number of 7 and 15 gallon plants that we're also putting on special.  These two sizes are comparably sized.

REGULAR PRICE 7 & 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE SIZES $
195


 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g  CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g  CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g 
CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g  CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g  CHAMBEYRONIA MACROCARPA 15g 
 

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


FULL HOT SUN - EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
SUPER OLD 5G PLANTS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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

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

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


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

 

RHAPIDOPHYLLUM HYSTRIX
THE NEEDLE PALM

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

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

It is a suckering fan palm and known as the "Needle Palm" because it forms dark colored, protuberant needles on the trunk.  The fourth picture below shows small needles forming on the trunk.  The first five photos show the 5g on sale followed by a few 15g plants.  All are in limited supply.  In sun the color is a silver green with more silver underneath.  In shade the color gets dark green, reminiscent of a  Rhapis Palm.  Trunks are usually under three feet tall and four to six inches thick.  But, because the leaves come upwards, the overall height of the plant can be six to seven feet or taller.  They can get a bit bushy.  This is a very slow growing species.  The one gallon plants are being put on sale.    

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

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


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

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 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 5g size on special - first row of photos.   I'm also showing large and very old 15g in the second row of photos - about 12 years old.  Yes, they are slow growing!  

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

Remember: Mention this Special for this discount.


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

 

HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA
FROM LORD HOWE ISLAND


SILVER CROWN SHAFT - SILVER TRUNK
UMBRELLA SHAPED CROWN OF LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL VERY OLD 15 GALLON SIZE

SEE SPECIES DESCRIPTION ABOVE

Our 15g plants on special are super old - estimate about 12 years old.  You won't find this size any larger or chunkier in a 15g than these plants.  See post above for more photos of the 15g size.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $325


 
HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G  HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G  HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G 
HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G  HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G  HEDYSCEPE CANTERBURYANA 15G 
 

RAVENEA SAMBIRANENSIS
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

WHEN MATURE, LANDSCAPE SIZED SPECIMEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

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

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

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

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

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

 

CHAMAEDOREA SARTORII
SINGLE TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM



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

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

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


Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.  

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

 

PINANGA CORONATA
SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM


SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE

This exotic suckering pinnate palm is native to Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi.  It has thin trunks that can have a blonde color.  Leaves are somewhat narrow, green in color with an unarmed petiole.  Mature height in CA is usually about twelve feet although in the tropics they get much taller.  They like filtered light but can take a bit of morning sun.  Too much sun here will burn them.  Cold hardiness is into the upper 20's F.  I had a mature specimen that produced large numbers of purple fruit for years.  This species is similar to Pinanga kuhlii but has more repetitive regular leaves and less mottling to the leaflets.  Of note, some taxonomists consider these two species synonymous.  Shown here are some 7 gallon plants which we’re putting on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $125

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

 

CERATOZAMIA LATIFOLLIA
THE CHAMELEON OF CYCADS


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DIOON EDULE
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD


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

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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON PLANTS $400
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP OF CYCADS $250

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

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

 

CERATOZAMIA KUESTERIANA
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED CYCAD

 
COLORFUL EMERGING NEW LEAVES

INLAND FILTERED LIGHT OR COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE AS SHOWN

This attractive cycad comes from the Sierra Mountain Range in Mexico near Tamaulipas.  There is grows among overhead oak trees.  It is a small to medium sized plant, perhaps at most getting a four foot tall caudex.  Leaf length is four to five feet.  Leaflets are long and narrow, coming to a point.  Leaflet color is green.  But, newly emerging leaves are a brown-red as shown below.  With the 8th photo by Ian Edwards below, you can see how attractive a new swirl of leaves can be.  Petioles can be smooth or armed with small spines.

This is an easy to grow species.  It can take coastal full sun but inland demands filtered light.  Cold tolerance is to the low 20's F.  This species is being grown in northern CA and in some other states where they see cooler weather.  I’m showing you two plants in citrus pots with new reddish-brown emerging leaves.  Caudex sizes are 3 to 3.5 inches.  Soil should be well draining in the garden.  This species also makes an attractive containerized patio plant. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES THIS SIZE $275.

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


Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches
Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches
Ceratozamia kuesteriana cit pot 3 and 3.5 inches Ceratozamia kuesteriana Ian Edwards Pacsoa Ceratozamia kuesteriana

 

ENCEPHALARTOS AEMULANS
GREEN, RARE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA


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


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

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

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


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

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

 

BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM
ANTHURIUM HOOKERI

THE PERFECT COMPANION PLANT


NEVER OVER ABOUT SIX FEET TALL
LEATHERY, DARK GREEN LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


Enthusiast are always looking for attractive companion plants that don't get too big.  Shown here is what's called the "Birds Nest" Anthurium.  Most of these plants are felt to either be the species Anthurium hookeri or a hybrid of it.  They are good for filtered light situations and rarely get over six feet tall.  The leaves are long, wide and very thick to the touch.  Their leaf surface is wavy.  We’re offering our 5 gallon size on a Ten Day Special.  This is the size most people buy.  Cold hardiness is into the mid-twenties F.  Flowers are red, as are the tiny seeds.   These plants are real winners. These can be mail ordered.

REGULAR PRICE 5G THIS SPECIES $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $67.50

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only Special to get this price when you buy!  The last photo is c/o Wikipedia


BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM  BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM  BIRDS NEST ANTHURIUM 
ANTHURIUM HOOKER  ANTHURIUM HOOKER  ANTHURIUM HOOKER WIKIPEDIA 

 

VARIEGATED SHELL GINGER
NICE 5G SIZE READY FOR THE GARDEN



HANGING WHITE FLOWERS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 & 5 GALLON SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE 3 & 5G SIZE $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL $45

Just mention this Blog Special to get your discount.

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

 

MONSTERA DELICIOSA
THE SPLIT LEAF OR SWISS CHEESE PHILODENDRON


A CLIMBING PLANT
GETS LARGE LEAVES WITH OPEN SPLITS
20% OFF ANY PLANT WE HAVE THIS SPECIES

This climbing, large leaf Philodendron is native to southern Mexico, Central America - all the way to Panama.   As a climbing plant, it grows well up into overhead trees and, with age, can get leaves that are 2 to  feet long.  It prefers filtered light or a bit of sun.  It also tolerates a freeze.  I'm showing you an older Nursery plant below to show you how the leaves are starting to get long.  Leaves are green and divided as shown below.  We're putting any plant this species on sale.  We mostly have smaller than shown here.

20% OFF ANY PLANT THIS SPECIES FOR TEN DAYS


Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa Monstera deliciosa

 

RABITTS FOOT FERN
DAVALIA FEJEENSIS



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


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

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

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

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

 

SILVER BRAKE FERN
PTERIS CRETICA



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


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

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


We might also have some one gallons available.

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

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM FERN
"MINIATURE TREE FERN"


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


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

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


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

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

 

TASMANIAN TREE FERN
DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $55
SALES PRICE THIS SIZE $45


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

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

 

FRIDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER, 2020

 

JUNGLE MUSIC CYCAD SOIL


AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE NURSERY
SOLD BY THE 15 GALLON BAG

From time to time, I do work on making our cycad soil formulae better.  Our basic ingredients are pumice, coarse sand (#12), fir wood chips, fir shavings, peat moss, perlite, and a touch of high grade topsoil.  We also add dolomite and a slow release Osmocote fertilizer.  Be aware, there is no "perfect" single mix or formulae that you have to use.  At this website I do give a specific component ratios for a cycad mix.  (link below)  This soil shown will support most cycads and is quick draining.  One ideally might alter it for tropical species like lush Zamia.  We sell this cycad mix by the bag for those who don't have the capacity to make their own.  But, it's way too expensive to ship by mail order because of the weight.  And, we only sell it in limited amounts by the 15 gallon bag size.  Price is $15.99 per bag.

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

Cycad Soil Cycad Soil Cycad Soil
Cycad Soil Cycad Soil  

 

AECHMEA BLANCHETIANA
LARGER TYPE OF COLORFUL BROMELIAD



TOLERATES FULL SUN - FAIRLY COLD HARDY
DIFFICULT TO LOCATE
MULTIPLE LEAF COLORS SEEN

This is a great Bromeliad for Southern California - or for many areas in the country where severe cold is not seen.  Native to eastern Brazil, they get heights of three to four feet and tolerate full sun easily here along our coast.  Cold hardiness is into the mid to upper twenties F.  There are varieties that show yellow, orange, red and several other colors.  I prefer the colorful forms although straight green is also seen.  The problem is that they are hard to find.  These are a fantastic full sun companion plant.  Shown below are plants that we have at the nursery along with a couple of garden pictures of this species.  Most are yellow but there's a few "orangeade" types shown.  They came from a yellow-orange mom as offsets. They should grow in sun to show nice color. 


Aecchmea blanchetiana Aecchmea blanchetiana Aecchmea blanchetiana
Aecchmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana in garden Aecchmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana Aechmea blanchetiana
Aechmea blanchetiana orangeade Aechmea blanchetiana red Aechmea blanchetiana orangeade

 

ARENGA PINNATA
THE SUGAR PALM


GOOD SIZED 15G AVAILABLE
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE

As many of you know, Arengas are usually suckering palms.  But, there are several single trunk species.  Arenga pinnata is one of these.  It is felt to be native to Indonesia and is a large palm.  It is a pinnate palm with a fibrous trunk made from woven fibers.  Overall height is forty to fifty feet and the trunk gets to a diameter of two feet.  The leaves are held upright and can be over twenty feet long.  The leaflets, like all Arenga, has jagged terminal ends.  

This is a monocarpic species and will die when the plant flowers.  Other suckering Arenga has new trunks to replace dying flowering trunks.  But, since this species has only one trunk, like a Caryota it will be gone a few years after the flowers appear.  The Sugar Palm is a full sun species with cold tolerance into the mid-twenties F.  Shown here is a 15g nursery plant and photos of mature specimens.  We also have 5g for sale.  Note the woven material on the trunk.  It is very interesting to see in person.  We are putting nice 15g plants on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $180


Remember to mention this Blog Only Special at the time of purchase for your discount.
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata
Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata Arenga pinnata

 

GAUSSIA MAYA
A VERY DIFFERENT PALM FOR SO. CALIFORNIA


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


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

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

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

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


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

 

LIVISTONA LANGINOSA
THE WOOLY LIVISTONA


TALL, THINNER TRUNK
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 G SIZE

This single trunk fan palm is native to northeastern Australia.  It has previously been referred to as the Cape River Livistona.  Formal description was first done by John Dowe in 1998 - followed by other revisions.  It gets to heights above thirty feet with a trunk diameter of 10 to 18 inches.  In habitat it tolerates hot and arid conditions.  It is a full sun species with cold hardiness to at least the low 20's F.

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

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

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

 

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


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


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

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

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


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

 

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 $55
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $45

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 $45
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $37.50

Mention this Special for your discount.

 

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

 

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

 

JUBAEA CHILENSIS
THE CHILEAN WINE PALM
FAT TRUNK - BUT SLOW GROWING


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED PLANTS

The sought after species,
Jubaea chilensis, gets the fattest trunk of all palms (up to 4 feet wide), gets to a typical mature height of over 30 feet, wants full sun and is slow growing.  Cold tolerance is about 16 degrees F.  The band size on sale are about three years old.  They have three to four juvenile leaves.  This species is very slow growing and puts on trunk girth before getting taller.  We do have larger sizes for sale.  These would be easy and affordable to ship.

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

But, mention this Blog Special for this discount

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

 

SABAL MINOR
THE DWARF PALMETTO

NEVER OVER SIX FEET TALL
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS


This dwarf palm native to the southern states of the U.S. is sought after because of its small size and extreme cold hardiness.  It can take temperatures into the mid-teens F. and rarely gets over six feet tall.  It is often grown in full sun but tolerates part sun or strong filtered light.  Enthusiasts like it because of its small size.  Blossoms commonly shoot above the green fan leaves.  We’re putting 2 gallon plants on sale presently.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $60
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

Just mention this blog special to get this great deal.  This and all sales above apply to mail orders or nursery visits.


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Sabal mnor Sabal minor  

 

CERATOZAMIA HILDAE
DWARF FILTERED LIGHT CYCAD



MAXIMUM GARDEN HEIGHT TYPICALLY SIX FEET
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS SPECIES!

The first five photos below show an example of a really nice citrus pot sized mature plant with a male cone.  The caudex size is approximately 4 inches and it is representative of some plants we're putting on special.  Approximate age is ten years.  This species is very small with leaves rarely to four feet long and a caudex size under six inches.  The hallmark of this species is the grouping of the leaflets - like little bow ties put onto the leaf stem.  Leaf color is always green.  Pictures below demonstrate this.  

I'd recommend filtered light.  It doesn't take up much room so it can fit into any garden.  It's a very "cute" species that people like.  It's also a wonderful patio plant.  I'd give it filtered light.  Cold tolerance is into the low 20's F.  These cycads are super easy to ship anywhere within the U.S.  We ship plants in their containers, soil and all.  It has also been grown by some as a smaller interior cycad in the home.  It is quite "user friendly".

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE PLANT THIS SPECIES $235

Shown below are photos of a nice citrus pot plant although some on sale could be in 5g pots.  Caudex sizes are 2 to 3 inches.  Also, I'm showing a garden specimen.  Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase to get this discount.  We should have smaller and larger plants available.    


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Ceratozamia hildae cit pot Ceratozamia hildae cit pot Ceratozamia hildae
Ceratozamia hildae Ceratozamia hildae cit pot Ceratozamia hildae

 

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.

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Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni Encephalartos lehmanni

 

ENCEPHALARTOS NUBIMONTANUS
SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD



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

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

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


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


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

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


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Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus Encephalartos nubimontanus

 

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. 


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Cyathea cooperi Australian Tree fern  

 

BLUE STAR FERN
PHLEBODIUM AUREUM


AN EPIPHYTIC (GROWS IN TREES) FERN
BLUE COLORED LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This fern actually grows in trees in assorted areas of Central America, some Caribbean Islands and South America.  Because it is epiphytic, it doesn't need to be kept mucky wet all the time.  But, you shouldn't let it go dry either.  Mature height and width is about two feet.  Leaves are flat, blue in color with wide leaflets as shown.  This species also has somewhat furry feet.  It wants filtered light.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $50
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $40

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Blue Star Fern Phlebodium aureum BLUE STAR FERN  

 

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