Cycads-n-Palms.com - George Sparkman
Posted 29 November 2008 - 07:04 PM
"The great workman of nature is time."
"Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience."
-George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon-
Posted 30 November 2008 - 05:51 PM
Posted 01 December 2008 - 07:29 AM
our nursery.The points I have listed pertain to having what
is needed to legally operate a nursery in California and move
plants from A to B (interstate & within the state).
Regular Ag-Dept inspections are a pain in the butt,but they
insure a certain level of maintenance & cleanliness in the nursery
which benefits the customer.
Length In Business: 15 years,Fallbrook,CA
California Nursery License
State Resale Liscense
Federal Nursery Stock Importers License
CITES import license
Pesticide Applicator's License
Regular Agriculture Inspection Program by County/State
Agricutlural Product Inspection Program for Interstate Shipments
Pesticide Application Monthly Reports
Fictious Name Permit
Water Runnoff Inspections
Water Backflow Prevention
Employement Education Courses/Programs Required by Law
On the S.O.D.(Sudden Oak Death) list
(You need to be on the list for interstate shipping)
I am keeping it short because Phil's list made me dizzy -
I am just a guy on a hill.
Posted 01 December 2008 - 08:32 AM
Good for you for posting these things. It helps educate people as to what we have to go through to be a nursery.
Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:52 PM
Hot and dry in the summer, cold with light frost in the winter. Halfway between the desert and the ocean.
Posted 02 December 2008 - 12:07 PM
On January 1, 2000 (amid the fading throbs of a hangover headache . . . ), I started the new millenium off right, and roared on down to visit the Sparkman's place in Fallbrook, and got a lot of plants, including a whole bunch of Dypsis decaryi in gallons, which I promptly potted into 15-ers.
About a year and nine months later, I sold off most of the D. decaryi, but I still have most of the many cycads I also got from the Sparkmans, and many are either planted in the ground, or waiting for that perfect spot to suggest itself.
I need to get down there again.
Let's keep our forum fun and friendly.
Posted 15 December 2008 - 03:47 AM
They were all good size plants,outdoor grown and ready to go into the ground.
I will be back for more.
Posted 10 January 2009 - 03:19 PM
George was very generous with his time and knowledge. It was a 300 mile round trip and worth every mile.
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA USA
Southwest facing canyon | Altitude 600 - 775 feet | Decomposing granite
USDA Zone 10b | AHS 6 | Sunset Zone 23 | Köppen Csb | No frost or freezes
Average Low 49 F°/9.4 C° | Average High 79 F°/28.8 C° | Average Rainfall 20"/50.8 cm
Posted 19 March 2009 - 05:11 AM
USDA zone 8b
National Arbor Day zone 9
AHS zone 9
Sunset zone 28
Gulf Coast climate with long hot and humid growing season, but short winters are cold and wet with several frosts. Typical lowest temp of between 22F-26F each winter with around a dozen or so nights below freezing.
Posted 08 April 2009 - 04:15 PM
Zone 8, Elev. 350'
Bone dry summers, wet winters, 2-3 days ea. winter in low teens.
Posted 08 April 2009 - 07:30 PM
Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:53 AM
Posted 13 June 2009 - 02:47 PM
Too bad they can't send their 15 gallon size palms (but 15 gallon cycads can be shipped).
Posted 01 July 2009 - 08:30 PM
Posted 01 July 2009 - 09:33 PM
Thanks George !
Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:43 PM
Sunset Zone 17; USDA z9B
Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:13 PM
San Diego, CA
~5 miles from the ocean
Posted 20 May 2010 - 05:06 AM
Palms of Victory I shall wear
Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise)
Zone 10A on the Isabelle Canal
Elevation: 15 feet
I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden in the shade.
Posted 20 May 2010 - 05:34 AM
Posted 05 July 2010 - 07:45 AM
Last seven winter lows… 12F, 15F, 15F, 26F, 25F, 16F, 21F. 2014-15 monthly winter lows Oct. 43F/ 6.1C, Nov. 21F/−6.1C, Dec. 21F/-6.1C. Jan. 24F/ −4.4C.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 10:18 AM
Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:30 AM
I have been more then busy for the last 3-4 months and have been out of town way too much.
I will do my best to improve my response time.
It was nice that some PalmTalk members contacted me privately to let me know about the postings in the "Palm Grower Ratings".
Thank You very much for that.
I can't remember ever missing a monthly up-date to my website but it happened in July.
The August listings have been uploaded.
Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:29 AM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:23 AM
Posted 02 December 2010 - 06:09 PM
My second order arrived recently and I will get more in April.
Posted 11 December 2010 - 11:54 PM
Posted 06 February 2011 - 01:30 PM
All were in great shape and grown outdoors which was important to me because I want to get them into the garden without delays and/or setbacks.
Based on what I received I would highly recommend George for stuff you can't pick up locally.
Posted 08 February 2011 - 07:17 AM
Age will do that.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 04:23 PM
What a great place, George was very helpful and gave me a lot of information.
This time it was for palms but I for sure will be back for some cycads as well.
Posted 30 March 2011 - 06:51 AM
Posted 30 March 2011 - 08:27 PM
Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:58 AM
It was nice to finally meet him in person at Montgomery Botanical Center after quite a few years of placing orders.
Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:44 AM
Thank you George,
Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:24 AM
I wish i had more time to visit. What an amazing place he had and im sure if I had the time I would have probably bought more. Thanks for the whitelockii. Hope to head out there when time permits.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:56 PM
I got my order today and I am very happy with the plants.
It was also a nice surprise to find two 72 hour heat packs inside to keep the order nice and warm in transit or at least will not let things get too cold since the packs were still warm when I unpacked the order. Thanks.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:47 PM
Same here Vicky. I also had a few of these heat packs inside my box. Since we have been having a nice winter I guess it is more about the travel route these boxes have to take. In any case it can't hurt.
Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:23 AM
My latest order arrived last Thursday and I am very pleased with the plants.
Big Thank You,
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