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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.

 




ALOCASIA CAL-ODORA

THE
MINIATURE ELEPHANT EAR


NEVER OVER ABOUT THREE 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.  We have 5g and 15 gallon
sizes available.

 









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 $225

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.

 

DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VAR RUBRUM
PRINCESS PALM, HURRICANE PALM



MEDIUM HEIGHT – CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE






Native to the Mascarene Islands, this thin trunked, crown shafted palm
gets to a height of about 25 feet.  This variety is called “rubrum”
because of the red color that is present on the stems. It is a sun
loving species and is being grown by many in Southern California. 
Mature height is about 25 feet. 
This is a coastal sun or part day sun species with a cold
tolerance in the upper twenties F.  I’ve had one in my garden for
years in San Diego.  We’re putting 5 gallon size on Special. 
In the last row I’m showing photos of mature garden specimens.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75


Just mention this Blog Special when ordering to get this price
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DYPSIS ONILAHENSIS


SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING PALM

VERY POPULAR, EASY TO GROW

TEN DAY SPECIAL OLD 5 GALLON SIZE






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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $80

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DICTYOSPERMA FURFURACEUM
NOW KNOWN AS DICTYOSPERMA ALBUM VARIETY CONJUGATUM






SMALLER SPECIES, WHITE-SILVER CROWN SHAFT
NEAR EXTINCT IN THE WILD


TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON PLANTS


Among taxonomists, Dictyosperma is known as a “monotypic”
genus.  This means there is only one species.  We enthusiasts
have always been troubled by this as, when we look at specimen plants,
they are so different.  But, this is what it is.  Older
varietal names such as “rubrum” and “furfuraceum” are
out.  Now the taxonomist say there are three varieties of Dictyosperma
album
 – and the prior variety called “rubrum” apparently
is grouped with the aureum present type variety.

If this is confusing, realize it’s always been confusing and I totally
agree.  But, remember that taxonomists have to make a living by
re-naming things.

Currently there are three varieties of D. album:

Dictyosperma album variety album
Dictyosperma album variety aureum
Dictyosperma album variety conjugatum

What we’ve known as D. furfuraceum is now called D.
album variety conjugatum.
 This is the smallest species of the
group and gets to mature heights of ten to fifteen feet.  It’s from
Round Island.  Reports are that it is critically endangered with
only a few plant remaining in the wild.  It has a definite white
powdery color to leaf stems and to the crown shaft.

It’s near impossible to find the Dictyosperma conjugatum for
sale.  Previously we had some old specimens but those are long
gone. We’re offering you plants in 2 gallon pots presently on special. 
These were repotted this summer.





TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $55






Remember:  Only a few available

.  Photos below
taken by TS at RPS and Tim Ran (last 2 pictures)

 


HOWEA FORSTERIANA


THE
KENTIA PALM

GREAT PATIO OR INTERIOR PALM – OR IN THE GARDEN

TEN
DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SINGLES










Howea forsteriana
,
the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There it
lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the mountains
one sees 
Howea
belmoreana 
and Hedyscepe.  The
Kentia does great here in So California.   It is a single
trunk species that is often grown as a “multiple” with several plants in
the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes
full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is needed.  
Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height in sun is
usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  We’re putting very nice 5
gallon plants on special. 
These plants are singles – not multiples.  These can be mail
ordered.



REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $75

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

 
























































DYPSIS PEMBANA
SINGLE TRUNK OR SUCKERING
NATIVE TO PEMBA ISLAND

TAKES FULL COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

There are both single trunk and suckering forms of
this species.  Nowadays, most of the plants available of this
species are the suckering form.  Both get to a height of 25 feet,
have an attractive green trunk and a light colored crown shaft. 
Leaves have a graceful arch and the leaflet color is green.  It’s a
great alternative for the garden.  Note how the trunks are rather
thin.  The two plants shown here are going to be the suckering
variety.  Along our coast it will take full sun but I’d recommend
filtered or morning light inland.  The plants on special are in 5g
size and on sale.  They are not huge so we’re giving a good
discount.  We may have both larger and smaller size.

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

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





 
























































RHOPALOSTYLIS CHEESEMANII

MORE RARE SPECIES OF THIS GENUS




GORGEOUS CROWN SHAFT







TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE

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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $50

TEN DAY SPECIAL $40 FOR A BAND

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

 


















 










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 $245



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

 



DIOON EDULE



SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD






FOR A CYCAD, VERY COLD HARDY
TOLERATES DESERT SUN – ONE OF BEST FOR THIS


TEN DAY SPECIAL BIG 15 GALLON PLANTS



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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 15 GALLON PLANTS $400


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS GROUP OF CYCADS $240





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

 



ENCEPHALARTOS KISAMBO


EXOTIC CENTRAL AFRICAN CYCAD






LONG GREEN UPRIGHT LEAVES



TEN DAY SPECIAL ON 2 GALLON SIZE
Encephalartos kisambo is a
fast growing species native to Kenya where it grows at elevations of
3000 feet. It is a medium sized mature plant with trunks to eight feet. 
Leaves are green to soapy green in color, stand erect and are six to ten
feet long.  Leaflets are 1.5 inches wide, pungently tipped at the
end, and spiny along the margins.  This is a fast growing species
that can tolerate our coastal sun.  Far inland locations should use
part day sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-twenties, perhaps a
bit lower.  We had no leaf damage at the nursery in 2007 with lows
of 25 degrees F.  Shown here are very nice 2 gallon plants we have
on a ten day reduced price – see first six photos below.  Also
shown are other larger sizes we have but note we have many sizes in
between the sale plant and the monster specimens below.







REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON SIZE $110


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85


Just mention this Blog special.  These are simple to ship by mail
order. 

 

TASMANIAN TREE FERN
DICKSONIA ANTARCTICA


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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $65
SALES PRICE THIS SIZE $45

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

 






















CRINUM AMABILE – PURPLE LEAF

LARGE CRINUM TYPE LILY – AKA “QUEEN EMMA LILY”

OVERHEAD PURPLE-GREEN LEAVES
EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS





This Lily is native to all sorts of locations throughout the world
including southern Asia, Australia, and Africa.  It is known for
it’s spiraling display of long, heavy substance leaves that are upright
and four to six feet long.  Their color is green and dark purple. 
Flowers are white with purple centers and markings.  It grows like
other Lilies by making offset tubers that make new plants. 
 Expect a mature height of six to seven feet, definitely
overhead.  As mentioned, they clump and form a great display of
foliage.  They will not “run” or take over an area.  In recent
times these have been near impossible to find. 
But, we have a limited number of 5 gallon that we’re putting on
sale.  See first six photos
below.  I’m also showing
larger nursery plants (now sold out) and a blossom.



REGULAR PRICE THESE HARD TO FIND 5G $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5 GALLON $80

NOTE: 
ALMOST SOLD OUT –
We have no idea when we’ll offer them
again!

 

   



BIRDSNEST FERN – ASPLENIUM NIDUS
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY FERN






LONG SHINY GREEN LEAVES


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON PLANTS $65


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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

The very nice photos below are by mysarawak
Travelogue and HawaiianForest.com

 


GREEN HAWAIIAN TI PLANTS
CORDYLINE FRUITICOSA GLAUCA

HARD TO FIND GREEN FORM OF TI PLANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS






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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $45

 



PHLEBODIUM AUREUM



THE BLUE STAR FERN






SHORT HEIGHT – BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
CAN BE USED AS GROUND COVER


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON POTS





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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $55


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $40

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

 

SUNDAY, 29 NOVEMBER, 2020

 


FAN PALMS
THEY ALL JUST LOOK LIKE MEXICAN FAN PALMS


 



CORRECT?
I DON’T THINK SO.






All photos here are of fan palms.  They were taken in the wild, in
botanical gardens or at the nursery.  But, all are of fan palms of
one species or another.


 I’ve not labeled them because I’m presenting them as a group. 
From a structure point of view, a fan palm is a palm where all the
segments (or leaflets) radiate from one central area.  These can
form a whole circle of leaflets, a half circle, or less.  Compare
this to a pinnate palm where leaflets come off a central leaf stalk. 
I.e., leaflets protrude laterally from a central stem, typically to
either side.

Over the years I have heard people say hundreds of time things like
“I don’t like fan palms; they all look like Mexican Fans”. 
Or,
“Fan palms look like “desert palms”.  Or, “Fan palms are so boring;
I like normal palms”.  If you were like me and had studied palms
for almost forty years, what would you say to such comments?  I
usually just say something like “I understand” and show them typical
pinnate palms.  But, I am aware that nothing could be further from
the truth.

There are such exotic fan palms of all types, shapes, sizes, color
and textures.  I’ve tried to demonstrate their varied appearance
here.  Fan palms comes from all corners of the world.
 
Some are large trees, others tiny.  Some species are for shade
only.  Some have silver undersides.  And, others are almost
white in color. 

And, fan palms add a different look and dimension to the garden. 
A garden composed of only pinnate palms like King Palms is quite
boring.  One has to mix fans into a garden to add diversity and
interest.  I hope you can see with these photos how you could do
this.

 

KENTIOPSIS OLIVIFORMIS
A GREAT CROWN SHAFTED PALM FOR SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA


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

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

This species is highly recommended. 




































 



BISMARCKIA NOBILIS



STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR





POPULAR, BLUE, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 25 GALLON SIZE

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



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

REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON SIZE $550


TEN DAY SPECIAL 25 GALLON SIZE $450






Remember:  Mention this Special for this price. 

Limited
numbers available.

 


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






FULL HOT SUN – EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
SUPER OLD 15G PLANTS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS





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

 





REGULAR PRICE 5G $195



TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE LARGE 5G $165




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

 






PHOENIX RUPICOLA
THE CLIFF DATE PALM


MEDIUM SIZE
THINNER TRUNK THAN CANARY
FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL
5G 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 ).  Growth
rate is medium, it tolerates full sun and is cold hardy into the
mid-twenties or lower.  Shown here is a 5g plant which we are
putting on sale.  We also have a limited number of 15g (quite nice)
available.  The 5g size are easy to ship.  





REGULAR PRICE 5G $95




TEN DAY SPECIAL
5G $75

Easy to ship.  But, remember to mention this Special for this
discount.





 

RHOPALOSTYLIS
CHEESEMANII

MEDIUM SIZED PINNATE PALM WITH CROWNSHAFT

 

FROM
ROUL ISLAND



TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE






Rhopalostylis  cheesemanii 
is
from Roul Island as opposed to Norfolk Island, the home of R. baueri
It reportedly has darker brown tomentum on the crown shaft and petioles
compared to
 R.
baueri 
and
the fruits are larger in size.  But, the most remarkable thing is
that some enthusiasts have noticed is that it is a more aggressive
grower in Southern California.  In fact, opposed to 
R.
baueri
,
it has been known to do quite well in full sun right along the coast. 
It is a medium sized pinnate palm with a mature height of 25 to 30 feet
and crown shafted.  The trunk is about 8 inches thick or a bit
more.

 


Although you can’t see it below, it has a a dark petiole.  Be aware
that many people feel this should be considered a sub-variety of 
Rhopalostylis
baueri

Some have reported that the crown shaft can take on a purple color. 
We are putting very nice 15 gallon plants on sale

 


REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200
SALE PRICE 15 GALLON
$170

 

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

 



LIVISTONA LANGINOSA



THE WOOLY LIVISTONA






TALL, THINNER TRUNK


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 G SIZE


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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $195



TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165






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

 


























































ARCHONTOPHOENIX “TERACARPA”

THE BEST KING PALM EVER!

















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

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

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

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

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


 


















ACOELORRHAPHE WRIGHTII
THE PAUROTIS PALM

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This
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 $70

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


 

BASSELINIA ERIOSTACHYS
DESIRABLE SMALLER PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE $65

The two mature photos below are by an unknown
author c/o Palmpedia.

 

COPERNICIA HOSPITA
THE BLUE CUBAN WAX PALM

SINGLE TRUNK FAN PALM
STUNNING BLUE SPECIES
TEN DAY
SPECIAL ONE GALLON SEEDLINGS

This beautiful blue fan palm is native to Cuba.
Mature trees carry a large number of blue, circular and pleated and flat
leaves.  The trunk holds on to old leaf bases for a while but eventually
is smooth with about a 12 inch diameter.  Many feel that this, along
with other
Copernicia,
are some of the most beautiful of all fan palms.  Expect a mature height
of 20 to 25 feet.  It wants full sun and is cold tolerant to at least a
freeze.  We’re putting seedlings on sale.  These are small seedlings but
well worth your effort to be patient.


TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON
SEEDLINGS $50

 



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.

 



ENCEPHALARTOS MUNCHII
BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN CYCAD




 

RARE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE
CYCAD



TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD 1 GALLON SIZE






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

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

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

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS
NATALENSIS X

WOODII


LARGE PLANT IN 15 GALLON CONTAINER


 



CROSS WITH THE EXTINCT IN THE WILD ENCEPHALARTOS WOODII
TEN DAY SPECIAL
THIS ACTUAL PLANT

This is an interesting hybrid between two South African
cycads, E.

natalensis and E. woodii.  The latter is extinct in the wild with
only one

male specimen in existence (along with offsets and their lineage removed

from the parent over time).  It is unbelievably expensive to
acquire an

E. woodii.  This hybrid gives people the opportunity to own a similar
plant

at a fraction of the cost.  It is a very pretty dark green plant
with a full

crown of leaves.  Shown is a 15g plant made from pollinating a
female E. natalensis with the pollen from a male E. woodii. 
It will make a good sized plant with cold hardiness down to the low 20’s
F.  It likes sun and can tolerate heat.  We are offering this
actual plant for sale.  It has a caudex of 8 inches.  It can
be mail ordered but we need a very tall box to ship. 

REGULAR PRICE THIS PLANT $1320
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS ACTUAL PLANT $1025

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

 

 


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

 

 

ALOCASIA SARAWAKENSIS
YUCATAN PRINCESS

GOOD SIZES AND BEAUTIFUL COMPANION PLANT

STRIKING LEAVES AND COLOR
TEN DAY
SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

Alocasia
arer native to various Asian countries and eastern Australia.  This
variety / hybrid is a good sized plant and can get up to eight feet
tall.  It is new to our nursery and will develop strong upright leaf
stems.  The leaves themselves are leathery and green in color.  The
ventral veins are maroon colored.  It prefers a frost free environment
and likes ample water.  It would like very bright filtered light and can
tolerate a bit of direct sun, especially in the morning.  The last photo
is c/o Scott Arboretum.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

 

 

ALOCASIA SERENDIPITY
TEXTURED DARK GREEN LEAVES
GORGEOUS COMPANION PLANT

FILTERED LIGHT PLANT
TEN DAY
SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

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

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

 

ALOCASIA KUCHING MASK
NATIVE TO BORNEOGOOD SIZED GREEN COMPANION PLANT
WANTS SOME COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE

This species is native to area area of Kuching
in Borneo, Indonesia.  It is a good sized green

Alocasia

with large leaves.  It can get to eight feet tall and has prominent
white veins on the underside of the leaves.  Leaves are large and
arrowhead shaped.  It is known to grow in zone 9 and wants some sun. 
Right on the coast it can tolerate half or even full say sun.  Make sure
to give it some room as it’s not a small

Alocasia.
 I
have no garden photos presently to show on this species.

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

 

FRIDAY, 27 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

BLECHNUM GIBBUM
THE SILVER LADY FERN
THE MINIATURE TREE FERN
YES, IT IS A MINIATURE AND STAYS SMALL!

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

 







BROMELIADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
VERSATILE, EASY TO GROW COMPANION PLANTS


VAST ASSORTMENT TO SELECT FROM

Bromeliads are a type of plant, typically
small in size, that are simple to grow and make great companion plants
in the garden.  They are very versatile and, because most species
grow epiphytically, can be used on poles, posts, fences, mounted to
trees or simply grown in the ground among other plants.  Almost all
species blossom once a year and the blossoms are long lived. 
Blossoms appear in almost every color imaginable, anything from the
rainbow.  Plants propagate by basal suckers and only really need
care once a year when old plants are removed from the cluster.

Photographs here show plants that are
attached to posts, mounted in trees and are used in water features. 
There are some species that can get  up to five or six feet tall
and are quite spectacular.  If one wishes, he can just put the
bromeliad, with it’s container, right into the ground. Some species
tolerate full sun and many love filtered light and blossom well in such
light.   

Although we are not a “bromeliad only”
nursery, we typically have a great supply of the most desirable types
available for sale.  We emphasize beauty and color in our
Bromeliads rather than rarity.  We consider one of our specialties
our ability to offer a great selection of interesting and colorful
companion plants.   

 








SPECIMEN SIZE KENTIA PALMS
HOWEA FORSTERIANA

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

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

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

SPECIAL PRICE THESE LARGE KENTIAS –
$125 PER TRUNK FOOT

  




DYPSIS PLUMOSA
THIN TRUNK PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

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

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

As you can see, they are very tall and
too big to ship by UPS.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

 


PARAJUBAEA TORALLYI



THE SOUTH AMERICAN “COCONUT PALM”

 



TALL SUN PALM – SUPER ATTRACTIVE



TEN DAY SPECIAL GOOD SIZED SQUAT 15 GALLON




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

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


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

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

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



REGULAR PRICE THESE LARGE SQUAT 15G $300


SALE PRICE THIS SIZE $210


Remember:  Mention this Blog
Special at the time of purchase for your discount.  Also note that we
have very limited supplies of our Parajubaeas.  No seeds have
been available3 for years.

























 



CHAMAEDOREA MICROSPADIX



SMALLER TYPE OF BAMBOO PALM


GREEN LEAVES – VERY THIN TRUNKS
BRIGHT RED FRUIT


NEAR MATURE 15 GALLON – TEN DAY SPECIAL


This shade loving species is sought after for several reasons:
It doesn’t get too tall, rarely over 8 feet tall
It suckers and forms a nice clump
It has good cold tolerance into the upper teens F.
Leaves are sometimes iridescent and a blue color on their underside

It is a type of Bamboo Palm.  Trunks are very thin, sometimes just a
quarter of an inch.  Leaves are short, usually 2 to 3 feet. 
On the females with pollination, you’ll get super red but small
fruits.  It prefers filtered
light, doesn’t get very tall and is cold hardy into the upper teens F.
 It also makes an ideal patio or
interior palm.

We are presently offering near mature 15g plants on special.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225



TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $175

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

 



CLINOSTIGMA SAVORYANUM



THE PACIFIC BEAUTY PALM

 






SECOND GENERATION PLANTS
SEEDS FROM MATURE TREE IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA



TEN DAY SPECIAL FIVE GALLON PLANTS






This is a gorgeous and exotic crown shafted palm that many in our area
can grow.  We had been out of them but about four years ago
received seedlings from a locally and domestically grown specimen that
flowered and set viable seeds in Huntington Beach, CA


Everyone loves this palm.  It is single trunk, crown-shafted
species comes from Bonin Island near Japan.  It has been proven
possible to grow this species in frost-free areas of Southern
California.  It is very exotic appearing with a prominent green
crown shaft.  Interestingly, there are several species of Clinostigma that
can be grown here.  But the savoryana is the best and
easiest for us.  It can potentially get to a height of 30 feet or
more and prefers a sunny location.  Cold tolerance is down to about
a freeze. The first six photos show the plants on sale.  Other
photos are of larger garden trees.
 
REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE 5G PLANTS $80


Remember:  Mention this special for this price! 

 

ROYSTONEA REGIA
THE CUBAN ROYAL PALM




LOVES SUN AND HEAT
PLANTS ON SPECIAL SIX FEET TALL

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE
 

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

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

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

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

 



SABAL CAUSIARUM



LARGE TRUNKED TROPICAL FAN PALM


 

TRUNK IS SMOOTH AND LIGHT COLORED
SUPER COLD HARDY


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZED PLANTS





This is one of my favorite Sabal species and I’m sure it may
become one of yours as well. 
It’s native to various Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico
and Cuba.  It can get to height of at least 35 feet and has a trunk
that is quite thick, smooth and a light tan to gray color.  Trunks
can be up to 30 inches in diameter. 
They are almost like a concrete pillar. 
Leaf color is blue-green.  Growth rate is good and it likes
full, hot sun.  Cold tolerance is into the mid-teens F.  The
size we’re putting on sale is 5 gallon. 
These can be mail ordered. 






REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $95


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $75





Remember:  Mention this Special!

 



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.

 

PRITCHARDIA NAPALIENSIS
THE NAPALIE LOULU PALM

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

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

TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON $45

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

 



KENTIOPSIS PYRIFORMIS
SUPER RARE SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM




NATIVE TO NEW CALEDONIA
THIN TRUNK – VERY ELEGANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE PLANTS

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

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



REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $55

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $40

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


 

ENCEPHALARTOS ARENARIUS X
TRISPINOSUS

DIFFERENT HYBRID TWO SOUTH AFRICAN CYCADS




SHOULD BE AN
INTERESTING BLUE MATURE PLANT

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS





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


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID $55

 

ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES



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

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

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

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





















 

 

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

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



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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS $50



   

PAVONIA MULTIFLORA
RED BLOSSOMS IN SHADE!






DWARF TREE THAT BLOSSOMS CONTINUALLY
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE



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

REGULAR PRICE ONE GALLON $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

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




















  


 

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 $50

 

WEDNESDAY, 25 NOVEMBER, 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.

 


COCONUT
QUEEN PALM



DESIRABLE SYAGRUS HYBRID

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE


SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA


TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BOXED PLANTS





This interesting hybrid originated in Thailand by a grower and propagator
of rare palms.  It is a cross between the common Queen Palm and an
unusual type of palm from the same genus, 
Syagrus
schizophylla.
 
The offspring have proven to be quite beautiful and have good cold
tolerance.  These will be a medium to large palm.  The trunk
will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less. 
The attached photos of mature plants show how pretty it is. 
Note that they do not resemble what we all know as the Queen
Palm.  Some say they seem more to resemble a Coconut Palm. 

This is a very rare hybrid to come across. 
They are essentially unavailable on the market and absolutely no small
plants exist.  This is
because there have been no seeds for going on ten years. We’re putting
huge 24 inch boxes on sale. 
They are about 12 feet tall in their box. 
This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower and has a
cold hardiness estimated to be in the low 20’s F.  


REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX $750

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $600


This is probably one of the last times we’ll offer this rare
hybrid for sale.  

 

 



PRITCHARDIA
SPECIMEN PALMS FOR SALE
MEDIUM SIZED HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


GREEN LEAVES – TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL HUGE 25G SIZE





This popular type of fan palm native to Hawaii is easy to grow
and typically, over many years, will get to a height of about
twenty feet.  We are growing at least five or six species
that have gotten huge in 25 gallon pots.  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.  Some of the 25g we have
shown here is about 12 feet tall in the pot and at least 12
years old.  I’d estimate some of them are the size of a 36
inch boxed plant.  They are all too big for mail orders but
could be delivered.  We have limited numbers available. 
The first four photos show one of these beauties and the other
photos are garden pictures. 



REGULAR PRICE 25 GALLON THIS
HUGE SIZE $550
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE 25 GALLON
$400






Remember to mention this Special at the time of purchase.


 


 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES








THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL
15G PLANTS

This species of Date Palm is from India and
Pakistan and somewhat resembles the Canary Island Date Palm.  But, the
trunk is much thinner, the crown is not as large and it is more rounded
in shape.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Overall height can reach forty to
fifty feet.  This is a sun species in all areas with a cold tolerance
into the teens F.

We’re offering nice 15g plants on special as
shown.  These might be a bit of a challenge to mail order but can be
done.


REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 15G $195



TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Just mention this Special to get the discount
when purchasing,  Only a few available.

 

 

BURRETIOKENTIA GRANDIFLORA
BEAUTIFUL PINNATE PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA

EXTREMELY RARE SPECIES – VERY SLOW GROWER
TEN DAY
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

This is a super rare palm species from the
Riviere Bleu Valley in New Caledonia.  Those who were in the IPS in the
year 2000 and went on the Biennial Tour to N.C. will remember the
Reserve there that we visited that year.  This palm gets to a mature
height of about 30 feet with green flat leaves.  The flowers are
unusually large, thus the name “grandiflora”.  Culturally, I’d recommend
a bit of sun or early morning sun.  It is not a full sun species for So
Cal.  This species is known to be painfully slow growing and not “an
easy grow”.  So, someone with experience growing would be best for this
species.  We have a few 5 gallon available – were repotted earlier this
summer into these containers. 

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

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

 



ARENGA ENGLERI

SUCKERING COLD HARDY PALM FROM
JAPAN AND TAIWAN

 



NEVER GETS OVERLY LARGE – COLD HARDY

TEN DAY SPECIAL
LARGE 5G SIZE



 


This suckering Asian palm rarely gets over ten feet tall and has medium
width leaflets that are jagged at their apical ends.  The underside
of the leaflets are silver.  But, from afar, it looks like a green
palm.  It is thick with stems because it suckers heavily and cannot
be seen through.  Therefore, it’s a good species to block
visibility.  Growth rate is slow.  Cold tolerance is into the
upper teens F.  Flowers are very fragrant but seeds contain a
substance which makes the skin itch. 


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

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

 

DYPSIS SPECIES BEF
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

THIN TRUNK, ARCHING LEAVES, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

For quite a few years, palm enthusiasts have
been familiar with this rare species from Madagascar.  It has been
called “
Dypsis
species
bef“. 
But, to this day, it has no accepted botanical name.  It has a rather
narrow ringed trunk with arching and keeled green leaves.  The crown
shaft is white.  It is medium sized with a height of about 20 feet.  The
garden specimen is c/o Steve S., PalmPedia.  As a nursery plant it has
soft green relaxed leaves with hanging leaflets.  But, when older, it is
firmly keeled.  The first five photos show the plants on special. 

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

These are summer repots.  This species will take
coastal sun.  Cold tolerance is unknown at this time.

 



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 $60


TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON $45


Remember:  Mention this Special!

 

 




SYAGRUS SCHIZOPHYLLA


THE ARICURY PALM, THE ARIKURYOBA PALM



 

SINGLE TRUNK PALM NATIVE
TO BRAZIL
FEMALE PARENT OF THE “COCONUT QUEEN
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON PLANTS







This single trunk species is from
Brazil and never gets very tall.  Usually they are never over
twenty feet in height.  They are very slow growing.
 
A most prominent feature of this
species are the retained leaf bases on the upper trunk.
 
It is unusual for a



Syagrus

because it has modified small spines (more like saw edge prominences) of
the leaf stem.  If you cross this plant with pollen from a Queen
Palm and you have one of the best looking palms ever – The Coconut Queen
Palm.  Shown in the first two rows are 5g

S. schizophylla.

 We only have a few.  These plants are
six year old.
 
They can take full coastal sun and are
cold hardy down to about a freeze.


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


Remember, to get this price you must mention
this Special when you purchase.  The subject palm in the 7th photo
is in the foreground.

 

CHAMAEDOREA OREOPHILA
RARE SINGLE TRUNK PALM

TOLERATES SOME SUN – FAIRLY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON PLANTS

This is a great palm for Southern CA and other
areas that may see winter colds into the mid-twenties F.  It is native
to southwestern Mexico at high elevations to 4500 feet.  It tolerates
bright filtered light or, along the coast, some degree of sun.  It is
single trunked with a modified crown shaft and somewhat short green
leaves.  It resembles a Chamaedorea elegans
on steroids.  Trunks are about an inch thick and ringed.  In
filtered light trunks remain green.  Mature height is about ten feet. 
This is an extremely difficult species to find.  We happen to have some
plants grown by Don Hodel.  The last two photos are by Australian friend
Colin Wilson.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE
$55

Remember  to Mention this Special!

 



MACROZAMIA MOOREI


LARGER COLD HARDY CYCAD






A CYCAD THAT EVENTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A PALM TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS GENUS






This larger cycad is native to Queensland, Australia.  Over many
decades, it establishes a thick trunk and can get ten to twenty feet
tall.  At this size the truly resemble a palm tree, both in crown
size and trunk size.  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 plants shown here are mostly
larger plants from 15 gallon to box size specimens.  Caudex sizes
are all quite large for the container.  You’ll notice the keeled
leaves on the photos.  This species wants full sun and is cold
hardy into the upper teens F.  We have multiple other pecie of
Macrozamia
for sale as well – in an assortment of sizes.



RIGHT NOW ALL MACROZAMIA ON SALE AT 20% OFF REGULAR PRICES FOR
TEN DAYS


Remember:  Mention this Ten Day Special at the time of purchase.

















 

SUPER UNUSUAL ENCEPHALARTOS HYBRID
BACKCROSS WOODII HYBRID
F2 HYBRID WITH E. WOODII POLLEN


ENCEPHALARTOS (E. NATALENSIS X E. WOODII) X
(ENCEPHALARTOS HORRIDUS X E. WOODII)

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

This should prove to be one of the most
interesting hybrid
Encephalartos
available on the market.  It is an F2 hybrid.  These were done from
domestic plants in Southern California.  The hybridizer took pollen from
the
E. horridus x woodii
to pollinate a receptive female of

E. natalensis x woodii.
  As most
know,
E. woodii
is extinct in the wild and only male plants are known to exist.

 E. horridus x woodii
(
Encephalartos “horwood”)
is one of the most sought after hybrids around.  I’ve shown multiple
photos of the plants on Special as well as close up photos of the leaves
of both parents.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS
HYBRID $95

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

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LANATUS
A RARE BLUE CYCAD FROM SOUTH AFRICA

 



LOVES HEAT AND SUN – VERY THIN LEAFLETS
TEN
DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE





This beautiful South African species of cycad is best known for the
silvery throw of new leaves that it displays.  It has a medium
sized trunk, usually to a maximum height of six feet.  It does
sucker from the base.  Leaves are about three feet long and arching
downward.  The leaflets are very narrow and essentially unarmed. 
When new leaves emerge they are a brilliant silver in color.  I was
absolutely stunned by the beauty of this species the first time I saw a
mature plant throw new leaves.  As they age, they become more of a
blue green color.  

The native locality for this species experiences
extremes in weather from very high summer heat to definite freezes in
winter.  In the garden, this species demands sun.  I’d
estimate cold hardiness to be in the low 20’s.  It is a good
species for those in cooler areas who still get summer heat. . 

Shown here is a citrus pot sized plant
that has a caudex of 2.75 inches.
 
Remember that rare cycads are sold by their caudex size. 

We’re offering nice prices on this size. 
If you buy one and it’s a bit smaller caudex
size, it’ll cost less.
 
If it’s bigger, it’ll be more.

REGULAR PRICE CITRUS POT WITH 2.75 INCHES
OF CAUDEX $480


SALE PRICE ONE THIS SIZE $390

Just mention this Special at
the time of purchase.  This
size is easy to mail order.

 

CALOCASIA GIGANTEA THAILAND
GIANT

HUGE ELEPHANT EAR TYPE PLANT

LARGE GREEN LEAVES, SUCKERING
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE ONE
GALLON SIZE

Calocasia
are types of Elephant Ear plants that are native
to areas from India through Asia.  The species on special today is known
for it’s huge leaves which can be six feet long and four feet wide. This
variety is known to have the largest leaves of this species.  Leaves are
green and heart shaped.  Mature height can be ten feet.  They tolerate
sun or part sun.  Plants are known to be grown in zone 7b and can take a
freeze if the soil doesn’t freeze.  In freezing areas new leaves will
re-emerge in the spring.  In frost free areas it is a perennial plant.
The last photo c/o the Missouri Botanical Garden shows a larger plant. 
The plants on special shown below are in one gallon pots.  These photos
were taken last month.  Plants are presently larger than shown here. 
They are fairly quick growing.

JUVENILE SIZE 1 GALLON POT REG. $25
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $20

 

BEAUCARNIA RECURVATA
THE PONY TAIL PALM

MEDIUM SIZE MATURE, SWOLLEN BASE, THIN
LEAVES
TEN DAY
SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE



The Pony Tail Palm is native to
Mexico and not a true palm.  A very large plant would be ten feet tall. 
The bases get large, sometimes six or more feet across in many decades. 
Leaves are thin and strap-like.  These tolerate full sun, are fairly
cold hardy (low 20’s F.) and make great containerized plants.  They are
easy to ship.  We’re putting nice 5 gallon on sale. Easy to mail order.

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

Second garden photo by
Wikipedia

 

SCHEFFLERA ACTINOPHYLLA
THE UMBRELLA TREE

MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL EVERGREEN TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 20G SIZE
Schefflera
is a genus of over 500
species.  The one presented here is a medium sized tree that can
get to 30 feet tall with a wide crown of green leaves.  It has been
known as Tupidanthus in the past.  Leaflets are clustered
in groups as shown below.  It will flower with a red flower but is
mostly sought after as a foliage plant or tree.  It can be shaped
and pruned to control its size.  It takes full sun along our coast
and is cold hardy into the mid 20’s F. or perhaps colder.  The 20g
size on sale has multiple trunks – grown from multiple individual trees.
They are about 10 feet tall in their pots.  They are too big for
mail order.  Smaller plants are used as a patio or house plant. 

REGULAR PRICE 20 GALLON $350
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $275

We only have a few this size but can get 5g as well.  The 5th photo
below is a 15g plant.  Remember, mention this Special!

 

MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER, 2020

 


BISMARCKIA NOBILIS
STUNNING BLUE FAN PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THE SPECIES

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

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

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

 





GERMINATING PALM SEEDS

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

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



RULES TO FOLLOW:

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

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

 



VEITCHIA SPIRALIS



BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM






NICE CROWN SHAFT – TRUNK WITH RINGS
GOOD GROWER HERE


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


Native to an island near Vanuatu, this single trunk palm may be a real
winner for us in Southern California.  One might think it’d be no
better than V. arecina or joannis.  But, so far,
reports are excellent on it’s performance here.  In habitat it has
up to a fifty foot, thin, prominently ringed trunk.  Leaves are
green and growth rate is said to be fast.  As far as cold
tolerance, we are not sure.  Hopefully it’s well into the 20’s F. 
All the nursery pictures here are of the 5g size.  This is the only
size we have.  It’s a sun or part sun species in most coastal
areas.  It is also super rare.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $225

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G $175


Remember:  Ask for you Blog Only discount.  Both photos of
garden plants below are c/o Pinterest (unknown author) and Palmpedia. 
The last photo is a customers plant in the ground locally for about 2
years from a 5g plant.

 

DYPSIS LUCUBENSIS

TALL, THIN TRUNKED PINNATE PALM





FLUFFY, PLUMOSE LEAVES


THIS IS THE SUCKERING FORM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE




This species of palm is typically single trunk but there are suckering
forms.  This is what we are
offering here.  It is native
to island of Nossi-Be off the coast of Madagascar.  It can reach
heights of over thirty feet.  It has leaves arranged in three ranks
– “tristichous”.   Trunk diameter is about 8 inches and the
crown shaft is a rusty-brown color and not elongated.  It is a
difficult species to find nowadays.  I’d recommend growing it in
full sun along the coast.  I’d estimate cold hardiness to be in the
mid-twenties F.  We have nice 15 gallons on special. 
Note the interesting leaflets arrangement.

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

Remember:  Mention this Special for this price when you purchase. 
We only have a small number available.

 




RHOPALOSTYLIS HYBRID
SAPIDA X BAUERI


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

For those of you with growing experience, you
understand that palms, even monoecious palms, can hybridize.   We got in
some plants and were told that they were “
sapida“. 
But, looking at them you’ll know they are not pure

sapida
Seeds came off a Rhopalostylis sapida
seed bearing tree.  The dark petioles (brown) and downward flexing
leaves show that they are a hybrid –

baueri
blood.   Sorry, but I have no
photos of a mature garden tree of this hybrid.  They can take part day
sun or filtered light in most areas.  Cold hardiness will be about 20
degrees F.

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


Mention this Blog Special to get this price.

 



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.

 

COPERNICIA PRUNIFERA
THE CARNAUBA WAX PALM



WATER CONSERVING
LOVES HEAT AND SUN


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE






This species is native to Brazil and is a single trunk fan
palm with a not too large crown of leaves that are green in color. 
Sometimes they’ll be blue-green.  Overall height can get over fifty
feet.  Old leaf bases can be adherent to the trunk making rough as
shown in the last photo.  Economically, the leaves of this species
produce a wax that makes carnauba wax.  The latter is marketed for
various usages including car and shoe wax.  This palm wants heat
and sun and is cold hardy to at least the lower 20’s F.  We are
offering our 1g plants on sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $75

Remember, mention this Special!

 

 

DYPSIS LEPTOCHEILOS
THE TEDDY BEAR PALM

 

EVERYONE LOVES THIS
PALM
ONE OF THE BEST MADAGASCAR PALMS
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

The Teddy Bear Palm has become
super popular because it grows well in Southern California, has a rusty
colored, fuzzy crown shaft, has a silver, ringed trunk and doesn’t get
too tall.  For most enthusiasts, it’s among the “top ten”
Madagascar palms.  Mature height is about 25 feet.  Right on
the coast it does well with full sun.  Cold hardiness is about 25
degrees F.  Growth rate is medium.  One can grow it in part
day sun as well.  The average enthusiast, once he sees a mature
plant, just “has to have one”.   Expect a mature height in
California of about 25 feet or a bit more.  Trunk diameter is
usually about eight inches.  The crown shaft is the most prominent
trait – fuzzy, rusty red and quite touchable.  The latter trait is
why it’s called the “Teddy Bear Palm”.  We are putting our 5 gallon
size on special.  They are not oversized.

REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $70

Mention this Special for your discount.

 
This size can be mail ordered.

 

 


PHOENIX
PUSILLA


PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST RARE DATE PALMS AROUND




5 GALLON SIZE FROM WILD COLLECTED SEEDS
SMALLER SPECIES OF DATE PALM – IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND



TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE



It’s almost impossible to get this smaller and super rare
species of Phoenix.  I was lucky to get some wild collected
seeds about 7 years ago and am now offering 5 gallon plants at a
discount.  Native to India, mature this species is rarely over ten
feet and has a maximum of fifteen feet.  The trunk is typically
eight to ten inches thick.  It is usually a single trunk plant but
can sucker.  Leaves are six feet long and flat.  The plants
mature are not very big.  This is a sun species and I don’t know
for sure the cold tolerance.  But, most Southern California areas
should be able to grow it.  These plants are about six years old
and are ready for planting. 
This is the only size I have for sale and I know of no one else that has
them.
  Very limited
supply.

REGULAR PRICE THESE 5 GALLON $100

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $75



Limited numbers available.  You must mention this Blog
Special to get the discount at the time of purchase.  Garden photos
are c/o TS at RPS and Palmpedia.

 

 

TRACHYCARPUS OREOPHILUS
THAI MOUNTAIN FAN PALM

VERY RARE WINDMILL TYPE OF PALM
FROM MOUNTAINS IN THAILAND AND INDIA

TEN DAY SPECIAL LIMITED NUMBER 5 GALLON

This species of Windmill Palm lives at very
high elevations in steep mountainous areas in Thailand with reports of
another population in India. Habitat locations are at elevations more
than a mile high.  There these palms seed extremely cold conditions. 
Mature height is about 25 feet with a thin trunk 6 inches.  Leaves are
large (for a Windmill) and flat.  It wants sun and is cold hardy well
into the teens F.  It is also an extremely rare species and hard to
find.

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

We can ship this size.  But, we only have
several for sale.  Mature photos are c/o TS at RPS (#7) and R.M at
Golden Lotus (#8 & #9).

 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS X
ENCEPHALARTOS PRINCEPS

INTERESTING HYBRID OF TWO SOUTH AFRICAN
CYCADS

SHOULD GROW INTO A STUNNING MATURE PLANT
HOPEFULLY BLUE STACKING LEAFLETS
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS



This fascinating hybrid was created by taking
male pollen from
E. princeps
and applying it to a female cone of

E. longifolius

This is an F1 hybrid.  Both the parents are from South Africa and both
were blue.  My hopes are that the

princeps
will give it the
beautiful blue color and glamour.  We’re hoping that the

E. longifolius

seed bearer will give it stacking of the
leaflets and very curved leaves.  But, no one can be sure what this
hybrid will look like.  They are healthy band sized seedlings and
already showing blue color.  They should like coastal sun and be cold
hardy into the low 20’s F. 

REGULAR PRICE THESE BAND HYBRIDS $75
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $55

Easy to mail order.  Remember to mention this
Special at the time of purchase.  I’m showing nursery specimens of both
species of this hybrid.

 

AECHMEA BLUE TANGO
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING HUGE PURPLE-BLUE BLOSSOM

MAKES LARGE PLANT FOUR FEET ACROSS


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS VERY RARE BROMELIAD

This fabulous larger Bromeliad species is
known for it’s spectacular purple-blue blossom with pink inner colors. 
It is a large 18 inch blossom protruding above the plant.  Foliage
is green and mature size of the plant is up to four feet across. 
This is a very rare and hard to find hybrid plant.  This is the
first time we’ve had this Bromeliad.  The last photo is by the
National Garden Association.

DISCOUNTED PRICE THIS BROMELIAD 
$135

 

STRELITZIA NICOLAI
THE GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE


LOTS OF PEOPLE LOVE THIS PLANT
WE DON’T, BUT WE STILL SUPPLY THEM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


The Giant Bird of Paradise is a large clumping,
banana-like tree that can get to a height of 25 feet, suckers and has
green six foot leaves and a tough woody trunk.  It tends to sucker
aggressively and spreads rapidly.  As you may realize, it requires a lot
of maintenance.  Unkempt, this plant looks shabby with old leaves and
debris.  And, it is super invasive.  It can lift foundations of houses
or tilt a deck.  Yet, people like it and seek this plant out.  I think
this is because it’s readily available and people like “banana leaves”. 
We try to talk them out of it.  It is native to Eastern Africa and a few
surrounding islands.  I’m showing you a nice looking garden specimen
below but guarantee you if I showed you many others, you’d be
overwhelmed and decide on something else.

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS $45

 

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.

 

THURSDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, 2020

 

2020 END OF THE YEAR SALE
It’s our biggest sale of the year with great discounted prices.
STARTS TOMORROW, FRIDAY.
Over 300 different types / sizes of plants with super sale prices.
And, 20% off everything else in stock not mentioned at sale page.
You won’t be disappointed with the selection or prices.
Link to this Sale below

 

BEST SALE OF
THE YEAR

2020 END OF THE YEAR SALE

EVERYTHING IS ON SALE
DISCOUNTS UP TO 40% OFF

SEE SALE

 

TUESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER, 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.

 



TRACHYCARPUS FORTUNEI



THE WINDMILL PALM
ONE OF THE MOST COLD HARDY PALMS


BY SPECIAL ORDER HUGE 20 YEAR OLD PLANTS AVAILABLE



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


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


Shown below are some very large 25 gallon plants that I can
obtain for customers.
 
Leaves are overhead in the pot and the trunks are thick and healthy. 
They have at least four feet of hairy trunk. 
At present, limited numbers are available.

 

RHOPALOSTYLIS BAUERI
SINGLE TRUNK – CROWN SHAFTED


GORGEOUS PALM WITH ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE














Rhopalostylis
baueri, the Norfolk Island Palm, is native to two locations. 
Norfolk Island (an Australian island) is the home of the classic

Rhopalostylis baueri
but there is also a population in Kermadec Islands, a New Zealand
territory.  The population of

Rhopalostylis baueri
on Norfolk Island
is near the elevated center of the island, rare elsewhere.  In this
locality, it is threatened by rodents that eat the seeds and young
seedlings.  In the Kermadec location, this species is found on
Raoul Island.  It is more plentiful there because there have been
efforts to eliminate the rat population.  Of note, it is this
population of
Rhopalostylis
from the Raoul Island of the Kermadecs that
were, at one time, considered to be

Rhopalostylis cheesemanii.
  In 2005
the latter was stripped of its species categorization and named a
“variety” of R. baueri.  Many argue that it is a different palm and
deserves its own species status.

In my experience, this species does best in less than full sun along the
coast.  Half day morning sun is about perfect.  It has a cold
tolerance into the low 20’s F. and is being grown in the SF Bay area. 
Those growers in Florida where there is heat and high humidity, tend to
have problems with any Rhopalostylis. A significant difference between
this species and R. sapida is the lack of the prominent bulging crown
shaft.  Trunk diameters are about the same.  Anticipate a
height typically of about 25 feet mature.

REGULAR PRICE
15G $195

TEN DAY SPECIAL
15G $170

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



 











PRESTOEA MONTANA


AKA PRESTOEA ACUMINATA VAR.
MONTANA

SINGLE TRUNK BEAUTY – NATIVE TO PUERTO RICO

TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15 GALLON PLANTS



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

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

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


REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $225
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE
$190


Remember to mention this Special to get this price.

 



CHAMBEYRONIA HOOKERI



THE BLONDE FLAME THROWER PALM






GORGEOUS PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON PLANTS


Shown below are our 5 gallon size of Chambeyronia hookeri with
its blonde colored crown shaft.  This species is hard to find. 
It is different in appearance from the dark green crown shafted form, Chambeyronia
macrocarpa.  
Here’s some facts about this species:

•  Growth habit and care about the same as macrocarpa
•  Along the coast will tolerate full sun if you’re are not too far
inland
•  Crown shaft is yellow-tan colored and quite prominent
•  Cold tolerance is about 23 degrees
•  Growth rate on this species like macrocarpa is slow to
medium but improves once planted in the ground.
• Trunk diameter is about 8 inches typically and overall height of
mature plants is about 25 feet
•  Leaflets are shiny green, thick and sturdy, and quite wide as
shown
•  Like macrocarpa, about 95% of the time throws newly
emerging red leaf as shown here.  Rarely a plant will not throw new
red leaves and there’s no way of predicting this.
• Also makes a great interior palm inside the home

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON SIZE $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $80


We have very limited numbers available of this species and only severa
l


in this 5 gallon size.  Mention this Special at the time of
purchase for this discounted price.  The crown shaft photo below is
by TS at RPS

 



LACCOSPADIX AUSTRALASICA



SUCKERING MOUNTAIN FORM






EASY TO GROW
RESEMBLES THE KENTIA PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G


When one considers the species Laccospadix australasica, he has
to realize that there are different forms depending on native
habitat/localities.  There are also single trunk and suckering
forms.  The one for sale here is the mountain form that are
typically single trunk.  I feel it’s the best subspecies one can
purchase.   It doesn’t throw the new red leaf although
occasionally you see a bit of bronze in the new leaf.  This variety
of the L. australasica is fairly easy to grow in our area. 
The seeds for these plants today came from a local flowering tree here
in Encinitas.  This variety has thinner leaves that are dull green
in color, trunks about four to five inches thick and reaches a height of
typically under 15 feet.  I’d recommend morning sun, strong
filtered light or perhaps several hours of daily sun.  Cold
tolerance is into the mid-twenties F.

REGULAR PRICE 5G $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5G $80

Mention this Special at the time of purchase for this discount.  

 



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






VERY EXCITING – NOT PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE


TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON SIZE
There is an interesting story behind
the plants I’m showing you here.  About four years ago, we got some
seeds from a botanical garden that were labeled as Veitchia
merrillii 
(aka Adonidia merrillii).  This palm
resembles a miniature Royal Palm, so it is a popular choice by
enthusiasts who see it in tropical areas.  Rarely does it get over
twenty feet tall and many people like this smaller size.  But,
native to the Philippines, you might expect it’d be too tropical and
cold sensitive to grow here.  Well, that is the case and I don’t
know of one mature tree in Southern California.
 

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

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



REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS HYBRID $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 5 GALLON $85.

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

 
Obviously, I have no mature garden plants to show you as this is such a
rare hybrid.

 

SYAGRUS OLERACEA
THIN TRUNK & TALL SOLITARY PALM


PLUMOSE LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

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

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

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

 

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

 


BRAHEA
BRANDEGEEI

A TALL, QUICK GROWING BRAHEA



GREEN LEAVES, SORT OF WISPY
THIN TRUNK


TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE




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

REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $45

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $35
.



It’d be 
piece of cake to mail order. 
Remember, mention this Special!

 



CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS



RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD
EXCELLENT COLD HARDINESS




MEDIUM SIZE MATURE


TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT AS SHOWN


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.  They also take up less garden space than the Sago
Palm.  Leaflets are narrow without armor except on the tips
(pointed).  

The citrus pot shown in the first five photos has a caudex of 3.5
inches.  We also have larger and smaller plants for sale.  We
are putting plants of this size (2.5 to 3.5 inches) on special. 
These can be easily mail ordered. 
The first to purchase of course will get the larger plants.

REGULAR PRICE PLANTS WITH THIS SIZE CAUDEX $300


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $215





This size can be shipped or delivered.  Remember, mention this
Special when you purchase.  The sixth photo shows our 15 gallon
size of larger plants.

 








DIOON MEJIAE
LUSH AND TROPICAL APPEARING


NEW WORLD CYCAD
UP TO SPECIMEN SIZES AVAILABLE
20% OFF
REGULAR PRICES FOR TEN DAYS

This is a more tropical appearing species of Dioon and is
native to Central America in Nicaragua and Honduras.  There it is
found among thick deciduous forests.   Leaves are long, green and
arch minimally.  In cross section the leaves are flat.  They are
similar to the lush leaves of Dioon spinulosum but typically, on mature
plants, lack any spines on the leaflets.  Trunks ten to be somewhat
narrow, usually under twelve inches.  But, a mature plant in
habitat can reach heights of over 20 feet in a century or two.  An
attractive thing about this species are the super soft, wooly and yet
fragile new leaves as they emerge (last photo).  One is so tempted
to feel them.  Leaf color is green with a length of about six feet. 

This is a super attractive plant for morning sun or
strong filtered light.  It is possible to grow it in half day
coastal sun.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20’s F. 

The
plant shown is in a 15g and has a caudex size of ten inches.  We do
have both smaller and larger plants for sale.  All can be mail
ordered or delivered within the U.S.  I’m showing you two nursery
plants below with some garden photographs.

TEN DAY SPECIAL – 20% OFF REGULAR PRICES THIS SPECIES



 

 

ENCEPHALARTOS PAUCIDENTATUS
MEDIUM TO LARGE RARE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

UPRIGHT GREEN
LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS

This cycad is native to
Swaziland, northern South Africa.  It is known as one of the most
attractive of all the green cycads.  It does great in Southern
California but is rare and hard to find.  New leaves tend to be
upright.  Most pronounced is the “frost” appearance of leaves as
shown below.  This is from small hairs on the leaflets.  It
makes a medium to large mature specimen.  Mature size can be over
fifteen feet with 6 to 10 foot green leaves. 
Leaflets are armed. 
Along the coast it’ll take full sun. 
Far inland I’d recommend limited sun. 
Cold tolerance is down to the low 20’s F.

REGULR PRICE
BAND SIZE THIS SPECIES $85
TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $65

Below I’m showing photos of a large specimen at
the nursery.

 


CAVENDISH FRUITING BANANAS
DWARF SPECIES, COLD HARDY
YES, WILL PRODUCE BANANAS!





TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS




We are currently offering more and more types of tropical fruits,
especially bananas.  So, today I want to offer on sale a very cool
fruit producing banana species.  These Cavendish Bananas are a
dwarf species.  They really don’t get overhead.  And, they
easily make ample amounts of small banana fruit.  They like sun and
have a nice cold hardiness to at least 25 degrees or colder.  Most
folks in this area have no problem growing them or getting nice bananas. 
I also have smaller sizes.

REGULAR PRICE 15G SIZE $175


TEN DAY SPECIAL $145

Just mention this special when purchasing to get this price.

 
The photo of the banana fruit is c/o Wikipedia.




 



B
LECHNUM
GIBBUM 
FERN
“MINIATURE TREE FERN”






NEVER OVER 5 TO 6 FEET TALL
FILTERED LIGHT FERN


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS


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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $75


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $55



Just mention this blog only special when purchasing to get this price. 
Note that the 7th photo is a 15 gallon plant from the nursery.

 



THE MOOSEHORN FERN



PLATYCERUM SUPERBUM




GROWS EPIPHYTICALLY


MOUNT ON WOOD OR TREE TRUNK





TEN DAY SPECIAL SIZE SHOWN





Platycerum 
are
a type of fern that we know as the “Staghorn Fern”.  But, the
normal type you see, 
P.
bifurcatum
,
has deer antler types of leaves.  They are narrow and reach out
from the attaching shield.  But, there’s another type known as the
“Moosehorn Fern” where the leaves are entire, stretching across the
width of the plant.  Mature, they look entirely different. 
These leaves can get up to six feet across – one giant shield
like leaf.  They are not easy to find.  The standard Staghorn
is not difficult to locate.  Both are an epiphytic type of plant
that can be mounted on a tree trunk or grown on a flat wooden base. 
They are not hard to care for but you don’t want to let them go dry. 
I water them by just spraying with a hose and occasionally give them
some liquid fertilizer mixed into the water.  You want to water to
hit the plant from above – like rain. 
They can take a bit of sun or strong filtered light.  Cold
hardiness is typically into the mid to perhaps low twenties F. 
The plants we have presently are larger than ones we’ve offered
in the past.


REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE $185


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $160






Mention this special to get this price when purchasing.
 



I can mail order these but they take a surprising large box to ship. 
The last photo is a great on and was taken by floragreatlakes.info
website.

 

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

SHOULD MAKE PRETTIER FRUITING PLANT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS

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

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

Only a handful available.

 

SATURDAY, 14 NOVEMBER, 2020

 


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






FULL HOT SUN – EXTREMELY COLD HARDY 
SUPER OLD 15G PLANTS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS





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

 





REGULAR PRICE 5G $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.

 


CRYOSOPHILA STAURACANTHA



SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TROPICAL FAN PALM






SILVER UNDERSIDE TO THE LEAVES



MODIFIED SPINES ON TRUNK



TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE








This single trunk fan palm is native to Southern Mexico and parts of
Central America.  It can get up to a height of 25 feet but most
garden specimens are under 15 feet.  Two things are quite
noteworthy:  First, the undersides of the leaves are a
silver-white.  A picture below of a nursery plant shows this. 
Secondly, the trunk is narrow and covered with “modified” spines. 
They are not real sharp and are not true spines.  The dorsal side
of the leaves is green.  This palm likes strong filtered light and
right on the coast may take part day sun.  Cold tolerance is
estimated to be in the high 20’s F.  Growth rate is medium. 
The garden photo by Tobias Spanner shows a near mature tree.  You
have to have an overhead crown of leaves to really see the silver color. 
The last photo is a 15g plant at the nursery.

REGULAR 5 GALLON $95



TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $75






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

 



ACTINOKENTIA DIVARICATA



THE MINIATURE FLAME THROWER PALM

 



PREFERS FILTERED LIGHT
UNBELIEVABLY SLOW GROWING PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE



This thin trunked, medium sized palm comes from New Caledonia where it
lives in habitat below overhead tree canopy.  It is very slow
growing.  It has a trunk diameter, at maturity, of about three
inches.  It has a cream colored crown shaft and a sparse crown of
five to six leaves.  It is often seen “leaning” for light among
competing plants.  For a nursery, producing a nice 5g plant takes
about five years.  For this reason, few nurseries grow this
species.  Planted in the garden, growth rate picks up a bit but is
still slow.  Newly emerging leaves are often red in color.  If
you are in a drier climate, this species would definitely take filtered
light.  Since the trunk is small and the canopy is medium sized at
most, it is a good species to “sneak into that small, filtered light
area”.  Cold tolerance is into the low twenties, F.  I’ve
known this species to grow in the San Francisco Bay area. 


We have a very limited supply of 
Actinokentia. 
Of note, this is a monotypic genus with only one species in the genus. 
Shown here is one of our 5g plants and photos from habitat and domestic
plants.  Note the long
slender crown shaft and how plants don’t carry very many leaves. We’ve
been selling this species for over 20 years and typically have one or
two for sale.  Shown below is
the 5g size that we’re putting on Special.

  A final note: 
This species is super slow growing.  A 5g plant takes us about
seven years to produce.  That’s why they are expensive.




REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $90

Remember to mention this Special at the time of
purchase.

 

HOWEA BELMOREANA
THE SENTRY OR UMBRELLA PALM

PALM WITH CURVED LEAVES, UMBRELLA CANOPY
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE ONE GALLON PLANTS

This single trunk, non-crown shafted palm from
Lord Howe Island is a great palm for Southern California.  Along the
coast it can be grown in sun or strong filtered light.  Cold hardiness
is about 25 degrees or perhaps a bit colder.  Mature height is about 30
feet although taller specimens are known to exist.  It’s growth rate is
slower compared to the more common Kentia Palm, Howea forsteriana.
The one gallon on Special are all singles, are nicely sized and can
be mail ordered.  It has been grown in the San Francisco Bay region.

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

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

 

HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM


MORE UPRIGHT LEAVES AND FASTER GROWING
TOLERATES COASTAL SUN
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE GALLON SIZE


The Kentia Palms on Special here are also very
nicely sized.  We have singles and multiples. The multiples are more
full as they grow with more girth of the group.  The singles are faster
growing.  Also native to Lord Howe Island, this palm can easily get to
30 feet.  I often tell people that in sun, this palm gets to 30 feet in
30 years.  In shade leaves are more stretched.  In such conditions a
plant can be more than 30 feet tall.  Cold tolerance is about 25
degrees.  Compared to the Sentry Palm above, leaves are more upright
without the umbrella shape to the canopy.  These can be mail ordered.

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

For this price you must mention this Blog Only
Special!

 



BECCARIOPHOENIX ALFREDII




DESIRABLE LARGE MADAGASCAR PALM



FULL SUN PALM FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE





This was the third and most recently described species of 
Beccariophoenix
and is quite possibly the easiest to grow of the three and with the most
cold hardiness.  It makes a medium to large palm with a think trunk
and a dense crown of leaves.  As shown, the base of the leaf stems
form an interesting arrangement.  There are reports of this species
growing in the SF Bay area.  It is a sun or part day sun plant. 
Estimated cold hardiness is into the low 20’s F.  Among collectors,
this is a very hot species to obtain.  We’re offering 5 gallon
plants that were summer repots.  So, we’re offering them at a goood
price. 



REGULAR PRICE 5G  THIS SIZE $100



TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $62.50



You must mention this Blog only special when
purchasing. Easy to mail order.

 



CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS


BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA


 



ARCHING GREEN LEAVES, CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE







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



REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $125


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.




 




DYPSIS LASTELLIANA
THE RED NECK PALM

NATIVE TO MADAGASCAR
TEN DAY SPECIAL SEEDLING SIZE

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

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

Just mention this Special at the time of
purchase.

 

CYCAS TANSACHANA
KAMPON’S CYCAD

NATIVE TO THAILAND – ENDANGERED STATUS
NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL OLDER CITRUS POT PLANTS

This cycad is extremely rare and endangered. 
It is native to central and northern Thailand in mountainous areas. 
Mature, it is medium sized or taller with a tan to yellow trunk and does
branch overhead.  The stem bark is corky and rough.  It can reach mature
heights of fifteen to twenty feet.  Leaves are green and arching. 
Kampon Tansacha is an old friend of mine and started a famous public
garden in Thailand named Nong Nooch Garden.  This cycad was named after
him.  The plants on sale came from seeds from a trip many years ago to
Thailand.  They have caudexes of 4 to 5 inches.  I’d recommend some sun
or strong filtered light.  Our plants have previously seen multiple
freezes.  I emphasize that this is a super rare cycad and not
commercially available.

TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POTS THIS
SIZE $400

This plant can be mail ordered.  Limited
numbers available.  The photo from habitat is by TS at RPS.

 

























 





















CYCAS PANZHIHUAENSIS
RARE GREEN CHINESE CYCAD


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

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

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

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




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





 





CYCAS 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
.

 



PANDANUS UTILIS



THE SCREW PINE






STILT ROOTS – SPIRALING LEAVES
RARELY SEEN FOR SALE


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE






The Screw Pine is native to Madagascar.  It is not a Pine Tree but
rather a Monocot.  The reason it’s sought after is that it does
well in many areas of Southern California.  As I type this
presentation, if I look to my left outside my office window, there is a
20 foot specimen with it’s snakeskin-like trunk, trifurcating head of
leaves fifteen feet overhead and and spiraling four to five foot leaves. 
The leaves have sharp, small spines at their edges.  The desirable utilis species
has red along the leaf edges.  They have about one inch thick stilt
roots and a smooth, snake-skin like trunk about 6 inches thick. 
Mine started in part day sun and has worked its way upwards into more
full sun.  That’s when the trunk branched into several heads of
leaves.  Cold tolerance is into the mid to upper twenties. 
Growth rate is medium

The only other Pandanus I’ve had good luck with is P. furcatas
Most of the other species (I’ve tried many including the popular variety
seen commonly in HI) just don’t make it here.  I was fortunate
enough to get some nice plants from a private grower here in Southern
CA.  It’s near impossible to find these for sale.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE PLANTS, THIS SIZE $80

Remember to mention this Special for this discount.  I have only a
handful of these  available. 
The last photo shows the colorful red clustered blossoms producing
seeds.

 



ALOCASIA BLACK STEM
EXOTIC UNDERSTORY COMPANION PLANT

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


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

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

 















LIGULARIA
TUSSILANGINEA

LILY-LIKE, FLAT GREEN LEAVES


YELLOW BLOSSOMS IN FALL
TAKES SUN – LIKES WATER
TEN DAY
SPECIAL NICE 5 GALLON

This is an interesting plant we propagate
ourselves from seeds of existing plants.  They form small clusters
of shiny green leaf plants that don’t get over 18 inches.  Flowers
come in the fall are yellow, daisy-like and medium sized.  This
species enjoys water and will droop over with too little water. 
Then, when given water, they bounce right back.  It’s a good
“indicator plant” for how well you are watering the garden. 
They’ll take sun in many areas or part day sun.  In full sun, give
them plenty of water.  These plants do sucker and are easy to
propagate from divisions. This is a great “filler plant” to put in areas
where you want something but don’t know what to use.  We have other
sizes but are offering really nice 5g on sale.

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

Remember:  mention this Special for your
discount when you purchase.  And, the 5g size is almost sold out!

 

MUSA RAJA PURI
SUPER DWARF FORM OF BANANA

PRODUCES EDIBLE BANANAS
STANDS UP TO NEGLECT & PRETTY COLD HARDY
TEN DAY SPECIAL THREE SIZES

We recently got offsets from a private
collection that has a good assortment of edible banana plants.  The
variety we’re presenting today is the super dwarf form of Musa raja puri. 
These plants should not get over six feet tall and produce small, edible
bananas.  By report, it’s cold hardy to Zone 7B and likes full sun. 
We’re offering the sizes below at a special price.  These plants have
large green leaves and do well for the grower that tends to neglect
care.

2 GALLON $45
5 GALLON $60
15 GALLON $135

These may even fruit this summer!

 

WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 2020 


ENCEPHALARTOS IN HABITAT
RUGGED TERRAIN IN SOUTH AFRICA

A PICTORIAL PRESENTATION OF HABITAT CONDITIONS
ALL PHOTOS FROM THE WILD




Yesterday, a long time supporter and friend of the nursery visited us to
give me many photographs he had taken of Encephalartos in the
wild in South Africa.  He is M.R. and did give me permission to share
the pictures with you.  The point of this presentation is to not show
you individual species or characteristics of a given plant.  Rather I am
trying to demonstrate the very rugged and rough terrain that these
prized plants endure in the wild.  They are obviously not pruned,
fertilized or watered.  They take what Nature gives them.  And, they
have survived for hundreds of million of years.  They live on cliffs,
between rocks, in grassy fields and atop mountains.  You may notice
black trunks on some, the result of fires sweeping through the area. 
You’ll see old leaves handing below a crown of newer leaves.  You’ll see
that these plants seem to thrive hanging over rock embankments and on
cliffs.  They just seem to find a spot and grow there.  Hopefully you’ll
appreciate that this is a surviving genus of plants and certainly worth
protecting in the wild.

 

 



BISMARCKIA NOBILIS



STUNNING BLUE MALAGASY FAN PALM





POPULAR, STATELY AND BEAUTIFUL!


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE

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



This is a very attractive palm and should be given room in the garden to
show it off.  It prefers full, hot sun.  Many people in desert
locations have found they can grow it.  Cold tolerance is about 22
degrees, although plants seeing colder have come back from injury. 
Shown are our 24 inch boxed sized plants on special. 

REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX SIZE $550


TEN DAY SPECIAL 24 INCH BOX SIZE $450






Remember:  Mention this Special for this price. 

Limited
numbers available.

 



BECCARIOPHOENIX FENESTRALIS



AKA “BECCARIOPHOENIX WINDOWS

 



LARGER PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR


TEN DAY SPECIAL RARELY SEEN 5G SIZE


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

Beccariophoenix species “windows”, presently called Beccariophoenix
fenestralis.
 
Beccriophoenix madagascarensis, previously known as “Beccariophoenix
no windows

Beccariophoenix alfredii, a more recently named species.

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON THIS RARE PALM $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE $80




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.

 

DYPSIS SPECIES BEF
SINGLE TRUNK PINNATE PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

THIN TRUNK, ARCHING LEAVES, WHITE CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

For quite a few years, palm enthusiasts have
been familiar with this rare species from Madagascar.  It has been
called “
Dypsis
species
bef“. 
But, to this day, it has no accepted botanical name.  It has a rather
narrow ringed trunk with arching and keeled green leaves.  The crown
shaft is white.  It is medium sized with a height of about 20 feet.  The
garden specimen is c/o Steve S., PalmPedia.  As a nursery plant it has
soft green relaxed leaves with hanging leaflets.  But, when older, it is
firmly keeled.  The first five photos show the plants on special. 

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

These are summer repots.  This species will take
coastal sun.  Cold tolerance is unknown at this time.

 



TRACHYCARPUS TAKIL
PROBABLY THE MOST COLD HARDY WINDMILL PALM


 

DIFFICULT TO FIND NOWADAYS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G PLANTS





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


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

Click here for an article on Trachycarpus from
our website




REGULAR PRICE 5G $95


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $75


Remember:  Mention this Special for your discount.

 

VEITCHIA WININ
NATIVE ONLY TO VANUATU


SINGLE TRUNK, CROWN SHAFTED
MEDIUM TO TALL AND GORGEOUS!
SUPER RARE, HARD TO FIND
TEN DAY SPECIAL ONE


GALLON SIZE


This single trunk pinnate palm is native to the Vanuatu Islands. 
It can attain a mature height of over fifty feet.  Leaves are
green, about eight feet long with somewhat drooping leaflets.  The
trunk is gray in color and medium thickness.  This species makes
bright red seeds.  It can tolerate full coastal sun and has been
grown well by some in Southern California.   But, because of
it’s tropical nature, should only be tried by those in good climates. 
We’re offering nice 1 gallons on sale.  They’ve done well with our
temperatures down to about 32 degrees F.
  But, the lowest
tolerated temperature is unknown.

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


Remember to mention this Special when purchasing so you get this
discounted price.  Mail order this size quite easy.

 

PINANGA PHILIPPINENSIS
AKA PINANGA ELMERI



SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED UNDERSTORY PALM
COLORFUL CROWN SHAFT
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE

This is a clustering pinnate palm from the
mountainous areas of the Philippine Islands.  Despite it’s area of
origin, it has been found to be relatively cold hardy and can be grown
in our coastal area.   Trunks are thin, 2 to 3 inches in diameter and
prominently ringed.  Crown shafts have color – typically yellow but
sometimes silver-blue to purple.  Leaflets are green and narrow and
leaves are arching.  Mature height is anywhere from six to perhaps
fourteen feet.  Seeds, when produced, are small and purple in color. 
This palm wants filtered light.  Cold hardiness is a bit below a
freeze.  We’re putting summer repots in 2 gallon size on special.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $65
TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON
$50

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

 



HYOPHORBE VERSCHAFELTII





THE SPINDLE PALM




MORE COLD HARDY THAN ITS SISTER, THE BOTTLE PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE

Most of us are familiar with the more common
Bottle Palm, Hyophorbe lagenicaulis.  Here I’m showing you
a better palm for us – the Spindle Palm, Hyophorbe verschafeltii. 
This species gets a bit taller than the Bottle Palm but still loves full
sun and heat.  Bottle Palms suffer when they see temperatures of
about 38 degrees or lower.  I only know of one or two specimens
here that have made it to any mature size.  In contrast, the
Spindle Palm tolerates temperatures almost down to a freeze. 
Mature heights are about 15 feet or a bit more and there are quite a few
mature trees in the San Diego area.  Looking at the palm, the best
way to tell them apart is “where is the bulge in the trunk?” 
Bottle palms swell at the very base of the trunk.  Above this
swollen base they can taper in upwards on the trunk.

 




The Spindle Palm swells in the mid-trunk as shown below. 
They are small at the base of the trunk. 

Also, the Spindle has more yellow overtones to the leaves and stems. 
The Bottle is more red. 

Once acclimated to your
locality, they usually want full sun. 
They don’t do well in shade. 
We have both 15 and 5 gallon plants at the nursery and are
putting our 5 gallon size on sale for ten days.



REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $85



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

 



BURRETIOKENTIA VIEILLARDII

THE TIGER PALM – STRIPED CROWN SHAFT

ANOTHER SPECIES OF THIS GREAT GENUS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE!


This species of 
Burretiokentia comes
from the highest elevation of the three species of this genus from New
Caledonia.  It grows at altitudes of almost 4000 feet.  It has
a thin trunk of about six inches and can get to sixty feet tall. 
It has a prominently bulging crown shaft that is known for it’s
diagonally dark markings.  Thus, the name “Tiger Palm”.  The
crown shaft is reddish-brown in color and has prominent striations as
shown below.  Younger trunks are green with rings unless exposed to
sun. 

The crown of this species is full and round with
upright and arching leaves.  Leaf length is about eight feet,
leaflet length is three feet and the leaves are flat in cross section. 
Some would argue that this species is the prettiest of all 
Burretiokentia. 
Culture is similar to the other 
Burretiokentia, but
I’d give it more shade when young and let it “grow into the sun” rather
than starting it in direct sunlight.  As with all New Caledonian
species, ample water is crucial.  Under-watered plants do not do
well.  Although limited, we do offer various sizes for sale. 
I’ve shown not only nursery plants here but also some mature specimens. 
We’re putting our 5g on Special.  These are summer repots,
established and fair size (not overly large) – but with a steep
discount. 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5GALLON $65




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

 



DYPSIS AMBOSITRAE



CRITICALLY ENDANGERED PALM FROM MADAGASCAR

 




WHITE CROWN SHAFT
USUALLY SINGLE TRUNK


TEN DAY SPECIAL ON LIMITED NUMBER OF 5G PLANTS


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


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



REGULAR PRICE 5G SIZE $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $67.50





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

 



MACROZAMIA MOOREI


LARGER COLD HARDY CYCAD






A CYCAD THAT EVENTUALLY LOOKS LIKE A PALM TREE
TEN DAY SPECIAL ANY SIZE THIS GENUS






This larger cycad is native to Queensland, Australia.  Over many
decades, it establishes a thick trunk and can get ten to twenty feet
tall.  At this size the truly resemble a palm tree, both in crown
size and trunk size.  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 plants shown here are mostly
larger plants from 15 gallon to box size specimens.  Caudex sizes
are all quite large for the container.  You’ll notice the keeled
leaves on the photos.  This species wants full sun and is cold
hardy into the upper teens F.  We have multiple other pecie of
Macrozamia
for sale as well – in an assortment of sizes.



RIGHT NOW ALL MACROZAMIA ON SALE AT 20% OFF REGULAR PRICES FOR
TEN DAYS


Remember:  Mention this Ten Day Special at the time of purchase.

















 



LEPIDOZAMIA PEROFFSKYANA


A “USER FRIENDLY” LARGE
AUSTRALIAN CYCAD

 

MATURE IS A
LARGE CYCAD


TEN DAY SPECIAL
NICE 15 GALLON SIZE





I enjoy talking about this species because it is one of my
favorites.  It is a large species over time.  I say ‘user
friendly” because this is one of the few species that has absolutely no
spines; none of the leaflets, none one the stems.  A leaf brushing
across your face feels no more intense than brushing past a Maiden Hair
Fern. We have a huge selection of this species.  I am going to show
you an assortment of plants.  Below are a few of the main
characteristics of this species:

* Large species with trunks slowly getting to
over ten feet

* Leaf length typically six to eight feet,
sometimes bigger.

* Trunk diameter to 18 inches
* Smooth petiole with no spines
* Mature makes a large plant with 10 foot width or more

* Great for strong filtered light or full sun
along the coast

* Large interesting cones
* Leaflets soft and glossy green in color
* New leaves emerge upward, older leaves lay more
horizontal

* Easy to grow

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

 
On special are very nice 15g plants with caudex size about 5 inches.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON THIS SIZE $500
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE AND CONTAINER $325

Remember:  Mention this Blog Special to get this price at the
time of purchase!

 



















ENCEPHALARTOS
NUBIMONTANUS

SUPER RARE BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN
CYCAD


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE – TOLERATES
COASTAL SUN

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZED
SEEDLINGS
   


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

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






Plant

Size: This This cycad is a small
to medium sized species.  Leaf length can range
between one to two meters, and stems can reach a height
of two and a half to three meters with ancient plants. 
As the name would suggest, the leaves tend to be a
bluish gray, but they can vary in that color from a
blue/green color to a powdery white and everything
in-between. 








In coastal and inland areas,
this plant prefers full sun, but can tolerate partial
sun.  For desert areas, I could recommend partial
sun or filtered light.  We are offering strong
seedlings in band containers at a discount.  The
last row of photos shows larger nursery plants.


REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125

TEN DAY SPECIAL
BAND SIZE $95

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



 





















ENCEPHALARTOS LONGIFOLIUS X E.
ARENARIUS

ANOTHER OUTRAGEOUS SOUTH AFRICAN HYBRID






SHOULD BE BLUE WITH ELEGANCE AND SPINY
LEAFLETS


















TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS




















An interesting
Encephalartos

hybrid we’re offering is
E.
longifolius
crossed with pollen from
E. arenarius. 
Both parents had blue color.  This is the first time we’ve offered this
cross.  It’ll be medium size with nice color, probably curved leaves and
leaflet spination.  Culture is similar to other Encephalartos
from the Eastern Cape district – full sun along the coast with a cold
hardiness of about 22 degrees F.

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID CYCAD IN BAND
SIZE $55


 

ENSETE MAURELLII
THE RED BANANA

GOOD SIZED SINGLE TRUNK BANANA
NON-FRUITING – PROMINENT RED LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


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 dying plant with another, in a short time you’ll
have a new lush 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 5th photo is c/o
the ContainerCrazyCT website.  Be aware these are after summer
repots.

REGULAR PRICE 15G $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $100

 





NEOROGELIA MEDUSA
UNDERSTORY BROMELIAD RED COLOR

EASY COLOR FOR THE GARDEN



TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 GALLON SIZE




This variety of Bromeliad is an easy fix for color in the garden.  They
want filtered light or a bit of sun only.  They are easy to grow and
sucker over time making larger clumps.  On this species, the older outer
leaves are green while the central leaves are a bright red.  We’ve found
them very easy to grow although severe cold could kill them.  These are
easy to ship and can be grown as an interior or patio plant.

REGULAR PRICE 1 GALLON $35


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $27.50

 

VRIESEA SANGUINOLENTE
LARGE PURPLE BLACK BROMELIAD

BLACK COLOR TO UNDERSIDE OF LEAVES
BEST GROWN IN FILTERED LIGHT

TEN DAY SPECIAL 8/10 INCH POTS





This is a great bromeliad for filtered light.  It gets to quite a large
size with a four foot span when mature.  The underside of the leaves is
a purple-black.  The top side is a purple green color.  They are slow
growing.  Blossoms are large, branched and orange in color.  This is a
fabulous companion plant and highly recommended.


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SPECIES/SIZE $50




These can be mailed ordered in a good sized box, weather permitting.

 

 

SPATHODEA CAMPANULATA


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

 

RARE YELLOW FORM
SOMETIMES 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.

 

MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 2020

 




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.

 











HOWEA FORSTERIANA
THE KENTIA PALM

TWO SMALLER SIZES AVAILABLE – ONE AND TWO GALLON
BOTH EASY TO SHIP
GREAT PATIO, INTERIOR OR IN THE GARDEN PALM











Howea forsteriana
,
the popular Kentia Palm, is native to Lord Howe Island.  There
it lives at lower elevations.  At higher elevations up the
mountains one sees 
Howea
belmoreana and Hedyscepe.  
The
Kentia does great here in So California.   It is a single trunk
species that is often grown as a “multiple” with several plants
in the same pot.  It does NOT sucker.  Along the coast it takes
full sun or part day sun.  Far inland, filtered light is
needed.   Cold tolerance is about 25 degrees F.  Mature height
in sun is usually about thirty feet in 30 years.  Shown here are
two sizes that are well established and good size.  Both can be
easily shipped for folks who are looking for an interior plant
or one for the patio. 

FIRST ROW PHOTOS: These are 1 gallon, singles (we have a few
multiples) about two feet tall in pots
SECOND ROW PHOTOS:  These are in our 5g pots and most are
singles but we have some multiple.  Heights in the pots are 3 to
4 feet.  
THIRD & FOURTH ROW PHOTOS:  Other sizes we offer with a few
garden pictures






Click here for an article on this species from our website

 


COCONUT
QUEEN PALM



DESIRABLE SYAGRUS HYBRID

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WHEN MATURE


SYAGRUS ROMANZOFFIANA X SCHIZOPHYLLA


TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE BOXED PLANTS





This interesting hybrid originated in Thailand by a grower and propagator
of rare palms.  It is a cross between the common Queen Palm and an
unusual type of palm from the same genus, 
Syagrus
schizophylla.
 
The offspring have proven to be quite beautiful and have good cold
tolerance.  These will be a medium to large palm.  The trunk
will be thinner than the normal Queen and the overall size will be less. 
The attached photos of mature plants show how pretty it is. 
Note that they do not resemble what we all know as the Queen
Palm.  Some say they seem more to resemble a Coconut Palm. 

This is a very rare hybrid to come across. 
They are essentially unavailable on the market and absolutely no small
plants exist.  This is
because there have been no seeds for going on ten years. We’re putting
huge 24 inch boxes on sale. 
They are about 12 feet tall in their box. 
This hybrid likes full sun, is a medium rate grower and has a
cold hardiness estimated to be in the low 20’s F.  

Also, some have
had success in far inland, desert-type climates.


REGULAR PRICE 24 INCH BOX
$775


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $650


This is probably one of the last times we’ll offer this rare
hybrid for sale.  

 

PHOENIX SYLVESTRIS
TALL PALM WITH BLUE-GREEN LEAVES








THE SILVER DATE PALM
TEN DAY SPECIAL
15G PLANTS

This species of Date Palm is from India and
Pakistan and somewhat resembles the Canary Island Date Palm.  But, the
trunk is much thinner, the crown is not as large and it is more rounded
in shape.  Leaf color is blue-green.  Overall height can reach forty to
fifty feet.  This is a sun species in all areas with a cold tolerance
into the teens F.

We’re offering nice 15g plants on special as
shown.  These might be a bit of a challenge to mail order but can be
done.


REGULAR PRICE THIS SPECIES 15G $195



TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $165

Just mention this Special to get the discount
when purchasing,  Only a few available.

 

 



BURRETIOKENTIA KOGHIENSIS



RARE NEW CALEDONIAN PALM






WHITE CROWN SHAFT – NEW RED LEAF


TEN DAY SPECIAL NICE 15G PLANTS


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

REGULAR PRICE 15G $250


TEN DAY SPECIAL 25G $200

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

 
































































































TRITHRINAX ACANTHICOMA
AKA
TRITHRINAX BRASILIENSIS

SPINY TRUNK – MEDIUM HEIGHT FAN PALM








EASILY TOLERATES INTO THE TEENS F.







TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G 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. 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $195
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $160

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.  The 15
gallon on sale are shown in the first four pictures below.  The
fifth photo shows a close up of the trunk of an older nursery plant.







 



DYPSIS DECIPIENS 



THE MANAMBE PALM







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


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE






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

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

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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $85




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

 



RAVENEA RIVULARIS



THE MAJESTY PALM






LARGE PALM WITH A THICK CLEAN TRUNK
FAST GROWING – LIKES WATER AND FERTILIZER


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


Well grown, the Majesty Palm is a very attractive and fast growing palm
from Madagascar.  It got a bad rap initially because people didn’t
water them enough and rarely fed them.  This resulted in bleached
out leaf color and anemic appearing palms.  But, given adequate
water and a balanced fertilizer with mircroelements, they are easy to
grow.  Mature height is over 40 feet.  The trunk is clean and
tapers as you look up the trunk.  Leaf color is green and leaves
are un-armed.  Cold tolerance is into the twenties F.  Full
sun along the coast is preferred.  They can be used as an interior
palm.  I have one in my garden with about 30 feet of trun.

We’re putting our 5 gallons on sale. These were grown locally from
seeds.
Remember to mention this Blog Only Special if you chose to get this
species.

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $85


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $65

 


CHAMAEDOREA
HYBRID – GREAT INTERIOR PALM

HYBRID OF CHAMADOREA ELEGANS

INTERIOR, PATIO OR GARDEN PALM
FILTERED LIGHT OUTDOORS
TEN DAY SPECIAL LARGE 3 GALLON PLANTS

The palm offered here
appears to be a hybrid of C. elegans, the classic Parlor Palm. 
But, it’s not the true species and should be a somewhat larger and more
aggressive growing plant.  I anticipate it will reach a mature
height of six or seven feet.  These plants are full and lush. 
Outdoors they’d want a filtered light location.  Stems are narrow. 
Leaves are green.  The 3 gallon on Special are very nice.  For
mail orders, they’d take a tall box.  Limited supply.



TEN DAY SPECIAL 3 GALLON $80




 

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 $62.50

 

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

Only a few available.

 





















DIOON HOLMGRENII

RARE MEXICAN 
DIOON CYCAD


LARGE CITRUS POT PLANTS

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE


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



REGULAR PRICE THIS SIZE CITRUS POT
$325



TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE CIT POT $250

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



 

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


VERY SOUGHT AFTER BY ENTHUSIAST
MEDIUM SIZED MATURE – UPRIGHT LEAVES














TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE SEEDLINGS


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

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

















REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $125

TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $85



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




 

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 SPECIAL 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.


 



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. 


 

CALOCASIA GIGANTEA THAILAND
GIANT

HUGE ELEPHANT EAR TYPE PLANT

LARGE GREEN LEAVES, SUCKERING
TEN DAY SPECIAL JUVENILE ONE
GALLON SIZE

Calocasia
are types of Elephant Ear plants that are native
to areas from India through Asia.  The species on special today is known
for it’s huge leaves which can be six feet long and four feet wide. This
variety is known to have the largest leaves of this species.  Leaves are
green and heart shaped.  Mature height can be ten feet.  They tolerate
sun or part sun.  Plants are known to be grown in zone 7b and can take a
freeze if the soil doesn’t freeze.  In freezing areas new leaves will
re-emerge in the spring.  In frost free areas it is a perennial plant.
The last photo c/o the Missouri Botanical Garden shows a larger plant. 
The plants on special shown below are in one gallon pots.  These photos
were taken last month.  Plants are presently larger than shown here. 
They are fairly quick growing.

JUVENILE SIZE 1 GALLON POT REG. $30
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $25

 



ALOCASIA WENTII



DWARF COLD HARDY ALOCASIA

PURPLE UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
GORGEOUS GARDEN-READY PLANTS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 7 GALLON SIZE



This is a dwarf Alocasia that never gets over about three to four
feet tall.  It is known for its dark glossy green and heavily
veined heart-shape leaves that are prominently purple on their
backsides.  It does like adequate water and is cold hardy well
below a freeze.  Cold temperatures do make it go dormant in terms
of growth.  People grow it in Zone 7B as it easily takes
temperatures below a freeze.  Preferred is bright filtered light or
some sun along the coast.  The plants on special are old 7 gallon
and perfect for instant landscape. 
These are absolutely gorgeous plants.

REGULAR PRICE 7 GALLON $150
TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $115

Remember:  Mention this Blog Only
Special to get your reduced price.  The garden photo is c/o



johnjearrard.co.uk website.

 

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.

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

 

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 2020
 


DIOON SPINULOSUM
A CUSTOMER FAVORITE CYCAD

GREEN LEAVES, ELEGANT
LOTS OF SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM

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

  



MULE PALMS
BUTIA CAPITATA X SYAGRUS (QUEEN PALM)






MEDIUM HEIGHT – SUPER COLD HARDY!

TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G SIZE


We have available squat 15g 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 and cold hardy. 
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 on special are in
squat 15g.

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


This size can be mail ordered but takes a very tall box.  We also
have larger plants for sale.  The two mature photos are c/o M.H.
and Palm Talk.

 

 


BRAHEA DULCIS
 BLUE
SMALLER BLUE-GREEN FAN PALM




MEDIUM SIZED FAN PALM



TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON SIZE



This species is native to Mexico and in habitat lives in sun or partial
sun locations.  It doesn’t get that tall.  Anticipate a mature
palm of not much more than ten feet.  It is cold hardy at least to
20 degrees F.  It is slow growing.  Leaf color can be green or
almost blue, especially on the underside of the leaves.  The leaves
are flat with divisions in the terminal portion of the segments. 
The plants we have on special are supposed to be the “blue”
variety.  It should tolerate some coastal sun or strong understory
light.  As with many similar
species this color shows with age. 
.
 

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON SIZE $200


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $170






You must mention this Blog only special when purchasing to get the
discounted price.  We only
have a few of these available.

 
The garden photo is c/o TS at RPS.

 

 


WALLICHIA
DENSIFLORA


ALSO KNOWN AS

WALLICHIA
OBLONGIFOLIA

SUCKERING UNDERSTORY TROPICAL PALM


 



SILVER UNDERSIDE TO LEAVES
SEMI-DWARF STATURE


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE



This unusual palm is native to Asia with habitats in the Himilayas,
Nepal, China and other nearby countries. 
For many decades it has been known as W. densiflora but
taxonomists (It’s how they make a living) have renamed it “oblongifolia”. 
It is a small clustering palm that grows well in Southern
California.  It has leaves
that are about 6 feet long with silver undersides.
 The mature width of this species
can surpass its height. 
Leaves are fishtail in shape. 
A mature plant can carry well over 20 leaves at once. 
It likes filtered light and can tolerate a freeze. 
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. 


We have very limited numbers of this rare species for
sale.  For someone who likes different species, this one is for
you.  The 5g on Special are
oversized for their pot and at least 10 years old.  They’ll explode
in the ground.




REGULAR PRICE 5G $125



TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE $100

But, remember to mention this Special to get your
discount.


 



BASSELINIA GLABRATA



AKA
 ALLOSCHMIDTIA
GLABRATA



RARE THIN TRUNK UNDERSTORY PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE





This beautiful New Caledonian palm was renamed
Bassellinia glabrata by Don Hodel and was previously known as
Alloschmidtia glabrata. 
It is a single trunk,
crown-shafted, pinnate palm.  Like 
Actinokentia,
it has a remarkably thin in trunk size (never over six inches) but does
get to a height of forty feet in habitat.  Most plants are much
shorter and that’s what we’re seeing in domestic gardens.  The
crown shaft is a nice olive green and bulges to a fatter diameter than
the trunk.  Leaves are about six feet long.
This is a rare palm species from
mountainous areas of northeastern New Caledonia.   Twenty
years ago it was impossible to obtain a plant for your garden. 
Presently, we have 5 gallon on Special.
 
It can be grown in Southern
California and prefers filtered light, perhaps early AM or late PM sun. 
Cold tolerance appears to be into the mid-twenties F.  Probably the
most interesting thing about this species is the long, somewhat peculiar
appearing crown shaft as shown in photo below.



REGULAR PRICE 5G $125


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $95


The two mature plant photos below are by Jeff
at Palmpedia dn Colin Wilson from Australia.

 

 


CHAMAEDOREA METALLICA



MINIATURE SIMPLE LEAF PALM


 



METALLIC SHEEN TO LEAVES
FOUR PLANTS PER POT



TEN DAY SPECIAL 10 INCH 3 GALLON SIZE



This species is also native to Mexico where it lives in humid rainforest
areas.  It rarely gets over six feet tall and is known for its
gun-metal, silver-green simple leaves with a bifed notch at the end. 
Leaves are prominently veined as shown below and leaves are rarely
larger than one foot long.  Trunks are narrow and ringed. 
This is a filtered light species.  It can be grown as a house
plant, patio plant or in the garden in filtered light. 
The plants on special were grown as four separate plants in one
pot.  The reason is this
multiple planting is more beautiful and individual plants trunk out. 
They will be much more lush and full than single plants. 
These sale plants are in a 10 inch diameter pot. 
This is the first time we’ve offered this species in about three
years.


REGULAR PRICE 3 GALLON MULTIPLES $100



TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80



Remember to ask for your discount at time of purchase.  We have a
limited supply and they are selling quickly. 
But, we hope to replenish our supply soon.  We can mail
order these plants.

 

 



LICUALA ELEGANS



EXOTIC FLAT CIRCULAR LEAF FAN PALM


AKA 
LICUALA SUMAWONGENSIS



TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE



Presently we are offering this sought after single trunk exotic fan palm
on a Ten Day Special.  People seek this plant out because it’s the
only solid, large, flat leaf 
Licuala that
does well here in Southern California.  Leaves are flat, pleated
and green in color.  Leaf size can be up to five feet across. 
Trunks are thin, petioles are armed and mature height can get to about
15 feet.  It wants filtered light and maybe a glimpse of sun here
and there.  Cold hardiness is into at best the low 30’s F. 
The plants on special are small 5g which were repotted into these
containers in early summer.  This species is hard to find. 
The plants on special are healthy but not that large as of yet.
 

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON $70



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

 

PRITCHARDIA MARTII
HAWAIIAN FAN PALM


MEDIUM SIZE – RUSTY UNDERSIDE TO
LEAVES

TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE


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

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

 

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.

 


CHAMAEDOREA RADICALIS

TALL TRUNKING FORM

LOOK BEST IN SMALL COLONIES
MANY AREAS – TAKE SUN OR SHADE



TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON PLANTS


There are two forms of 
Chamaedorea
radicalis

The smaller dwarf form and the trunking form.  Both are native to
Mexico.  The trunking form is what I’m putting on special
presently.  It has a thin trunk with rings, gets way overhead. 
These are fast growing and have a cold hardiness perhaps into the
upper teens F.  They look best with several growing size by
side. This species can be grown in coastal sun but also thrive in strong
filtered light. The 5 gallon size on sale are nice size and have several
plants per pot.  These can be
mail ordered and do great in the SF Bay area.

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





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

 



DYPSIS LANCEOLATA



NATIVE TO COMORO ISLANDS






USUALLY A SUCKERING PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE


This suckering palm species from the Comoro Islands near Madagascar is
ideal for filtered light.  It produces stems about three inches in
diameter and typically gets to a height of about fifteen feet in many
years.  It usually does sucker but, in my experience, has a limited
number of trunks.  Sometimes plants remain single trunk.  The
crown shaft areas of large plants often shown an assortment of colors
including silver, brown and green.  Leaflets are wide and leaves
are a bit keeled.  It has prominent rings on the trunk.

Shown here are some of our 2 gallon plants which I’m offering on a Ten
Day Special.  Figure cold
tolerance is into the mid to upper 20’s F.  These plants would be
simple to mail order.

REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $65


TEN DAY BAND 2 GALLON SIZE $52.50

Mention this Blog Special for you discount when you purchase.

 


PINANGA CORONATA

SUPER BEAUTIFUL IVORY CANE PALM


SUCKERING FILTERED LIGHT EXOTIC PALM



TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON SIZE








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



REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $100


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $80



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








































 



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.

   

 




































DIOON CALIFANOI
MEDIUM SIZED MEXICAN CYCAD

KEELED, ARCHING LEAVES
TEN DAY SPECIAL CITRUS POT SIZE

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

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

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

























 



DIOON 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.

 



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.

 

 





















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























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


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

TEN DAY SPECIAL THESE CLUSTERS $55



  



PHLEBODIUM AUREUM



THE BLUE STAR FERN


SHORT HEIGHT – BLUE TO BLUE-GREEN LEAVES
CAN BE USED AS GROUND COVER


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5 GALLON POTS





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

REGULAR PRICE 5 GALLON $55


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $45

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





















 


THE SILVER
FERN

PTERIS ARGYRAEA

SILVER-GREEN LEAVES


M
EDIUM
SIZED FERN – CUSTOMER FAVORITE

CLUMPING – THREE FEET TALL

TEN DAY
SPECIAL 5G PLANT


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

REGULAR PRICE 5G $60


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $47.50


Remember:  Mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 

WEDNESDAY, 4 NOVEMBER, 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 at near our
price to produce it.  Price is $15.99 per bag.

LINK TO CYCAD SOIL MIX

  

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. 

 


HOWEA FORSTERIANA



THE KENTIA PALM



EXOTIC & TROPICAL – GREAT PALM FOR SO CAL


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15G PLANTS


This popular single trunk palm species is native to Lord Howe Island. 
Enthusiast have found that this is a superb species for our locality,
either in full sun along the coast or filtered light far inland. 
It has a cold tolerance of about 24 to 25 degrees F.  It is a slow
growing species.  For this reason, it is felt to be an ideal
interior or patio palm. 
Mature height outdoors in the sun is usually about 30 feet. 
But, in a pot it grows much slower. 
It is usually available as a single palm or as several in the
same pot.  I’m
putting some 10 & 15g on sale with some being single, others multiple.
 
They have been sun grown. 
The singles grow faster and some feel appear more beautiful. 
Many of these can be shipped but boxes may be very tall (expensive to
ship).  We have about a dozen
of these palms available.  I’ve taken photos of a 15 gallon double
(two plants).  These plants are at least 8 years old.

REGULAR PRICE 10 & 15G THIS BATCH $275

TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE AS SHOWN $175

Just mention this Special when ordering to get this price. 

  



SABAL MAURITIFORMIS



THE TROPICAL SABAL


HEAVILY DIVIDED LEAVES -NARROW SEGMENTS
BLUE SEEDS – LARGE DARK SPINES ON LEAF STEM
TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON


This rather tall New World fan palm comes from Mexico and Central
America.  It can get to over sixty feet tall.  It has a thin
trunk for its height.  An interesting thing is the blue back to the
leaflets and the near complete, circular presence of the leaf segments. 
Leaflet tips droop.  It’s a very attractive tree.  It likes
sun along the coast but can tolerate filtered light where it is a darker
green.  Cold hardiness is into the low 20’s F.  You should also
realize that growth is very slow.  It often takes more than a
decade to get any significant trunk.


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

Remember:  Mention this Special when you purchase.

 



SABAL BLACKBURNIANA



LARGE AND TALL FAN PALM






FULL SUN – VERY DURABLE PALM


TEN DAY SPECIAL 15 GALLON

This species of
thick trunked fan palm is native to Dominican Republic and Haiti. 
It can get to over 60 feet tall with a massive 2 foot thick brown trunk. 
Leaves are larger than the similar but smaller Sabal palmetto. 
Growth rate is quick.  It is also very cold hard and likes full hot
sun.  It can go down to the mid-teens F.  The band size shown
below are between three and four years old.  This is the only size
we currently have available.

REGULAR PRICE 15 GALLON $200

TEN DAY SPECIAL
THIS SIZE $170


Just remember to mention this Blog Special when ordering to get your
discount.  My thanks to Wikipedia  and Justen Dobbs for the
more mature plant photos below.
 

 



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.




















 



SUPER RARE HYBRID PINNATE PALM


NEW TO THE MARKET


(BUTIA X JUBAEA) X SYAGRUS



FANTASTIC THREE WAY HYBRID


VERY COLD HARDY

TEN
DAY SPECIAL THIS HYBRID IN 5 GALLON SIZE



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

The hybrid offered below is between a Butia x
Jubaea 
(seed bearer) and the Queen Palm – using pollen from the
Queen Palm.  It will look very different and should have a cold
tolerance of about 16 to 17 degrees.  We offered these at the end of
last year and all sold out within about three days.  We are lucky enough
to offer some more presently.  WE offered larger plants in August
that were too big to ship.  But, we have a handful of very
shippable 5g plants – and at a special price.

It’ll want full sun. 

SALE PRICE THIS NEW HYBRID 5 GALLON
$145

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

 

 
















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

STEP OFFS AT THE GROWTH RINGS


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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


REGULAR PRICE 5G $95


TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G $75

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



 



 



BRAHEA ELEGANS

THE FRANCESHI PALM


MEDIUM SIZE MATURE
TEN DAY SPECIAL 5G SIZE

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

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

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

.  The 8th photo is by Dennis Valdez of he No Cal Palm
Society.

  


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.


 

 



CYPHOPHOENIX ELEGANS


BEAUTIFUL SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM NEW CALEDONIA


 



ARCHING GREEN LEAVES, CROWN SHAFT


TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON SIZE




This species is from New Caledonia in the northern part of the island of
New Caledonia.  It gets to a height of 20 to 25 feet in many years
and has a green to silver, slightly swollen crown shaft.  The trunk
is thin, about 4 to 6 inches thick.  The leaves are about six feet long
and arch at their ends.  Cyphophoenix nucele has stiffer, upright leaves
compared to this species.  Another important difference between these
two is that the leaves of C. elegans are keeled whereas the
leaves of nucele are more flat. This species can take full sun
right on the coast but most give it part day sun, especially in inland
areas.  Cold tolerance is down to the mid-twenties F.  We’re putting
summer repots of 2g plants on special.  Of note, this is a very rare
species and hard to find for sale.



REGULAR PRICE 2 GALLON $65


TEN DAY SPECIAL THIS SIZE $52.50


Please mention this Special at the time of purchase.

 



ACANTHOPHOENIX RUBRA



THE RED PALM OR THE BARBEL PALM






SPINY SINGLE TRUNK PALM FROM THE
ISLANDS OF MAURITIUS AND REUNION
SPINY WHEN YOUNGER – RED CROWN SHAFT
EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND


AVAILABLE TEN DAY SPECIAL AFFORDABLE 2 GALLON


This single trunk palm is quite uncommon
in enthusiast yards.  This is probably because it’s so difficult to
find but also because it only takes temperatures just below a freeze but
not much lower.  So, one needs an ideal climate to succeed with
this species.  Juvenile plants like shown below have prominent
spines on the trunk and petioles.  However, with age these
disappear.  There is a red color to the leaf stems and sometimes
the leaves. Mature height is expected to be ten to fifteen feet. 
The trunk is thin, about 4 to 6 inches.  There is a reddish crown
shaft.  It would like some sun but not full sun when small. 
Preferably it would work its way up into the sun.  In more tropical
areas like HI, plants are known to get up to twenty feet tall or more.  
The plants on sale are summer repotted 2 gallon.  . 



TEN DAY SPECIAL 2 GALLON $55

The 2G size available now are shown in
the first six photos.  The seventh was  taken in AU by David
Transwell.

 



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





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ENCEPHALARTOS TRISPINOSUS
BLUE SOUTH AFRICAN CYCAD

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


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




REGULAR PRICE BAND SIZE $65










TEN DAY SPECIAL BAND SIZE $55

Remember to mention this Blog Special for your discount.

 


ENCEPHALARTOS CAFFER
A DWARF GREEN CYCAD
SOMEWHAT FLUFFY LEAVES



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

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

REGULAR PRICE 1 G SIZE $95
TEN DAY SPECIAL 1 G SIZE $80

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





















 

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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