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  3. George Sparkman

    Ficus dammaropsis “Lowland Form”

    Ficus dammaropsis, “Lowland Form” - grown outside under 50% shade cloth in Fallbrook,CA 5gallon / $350 Phone : 760-666-7817 E-mail: info@cycads-n-palms.com
  4. George Sparkman

    Ficus dammaropsis, Dinner Plate Fig

    Ficus dammaropsis, Dinner Plate Fig, Highland Breadfruit - Highland form - grown outside under 50% shade cloth in Fallbrook,CA 5 gallon / $200 , 15 gallon / $300 Extra large 15 gallon / $375 Phone : 760-666-7817 E-mail: info@cycads-n-palms.com
  5. With the unusually ideal weather of late.. i figured this might be an appropriate time for a few updates on some stuff i have been working with, specifically seed-started things seed of which, was shared by others who might wish to see how things are coming along.. Additionally, i'm including pictures of perhaps the rarest of the rare flowering things i have. While most of the trial stuff i'd brought w/me here from Florida have done surprisingly well considering putting up with a far different climate ( here) This plant in particular has been one of 3 i have been really awaiting flowers on. The fact that it is flowering under warm season conditions similar to what i'd expect for Southern California this time of year and through the summer, vs failing to flower last year and in 2017 under our " normal " late spring /summer conditions is not something i'd have expected from a plant from Cuba.. anyway.. Also sharing some pictures of my Black Olive, Budica spinosa.. Smothered in flowers this year. Seedlings: Thanks to all who have shared seed Red Silk Cotton, Bombax malabaricum / Bombax cebia.. Collected these off the trees in front of the old Bradenton Herald. Developing quite nicely this year. Texas Persimmon, Diospyros texana, seed shared by @Fusca last year. Quite the growth spurt this spring considering how tiny they were back in September of last year ( Pic. #2 ) One of the 2 seed "extras" shared/sent from @Loxahatchee Adam.. Started both you'd sent, forgot to label each batch. This batch survived. Which ever of the two these are, thought you'd like an update on how they're coming along. Started another batch of the red flowered extras last week, and some of the Cebia crosses you sent earlier this past week.. Batch i started last week are germinating as i type. Red veins on the new leaves are a bonus ( pic #2 ) Just sprouted seed batches of Cebia insignis and the White -flowered Dwarf Poinciana. Seed sent by @mike-coral gables More of interest to me but some Desert Hackberry, Celtis pallida / ehrenbergiana seedlings.. Somewhat spiny but very dense foliage. Slowly grows to roughly small tree size and produces sweet orange fruit. Plan on testing Orchids on these later. Two super rare arid- type subtropical trees, Baja Ebony, Ebenopsis confinis ( Pic #1 ), and Jacquinia macrocarpa ssp. pungens ( Pic #2 ) gaining size / getting separated / stepped into 1gals ( the Jacquinia seedlings ). In light of our current weather, and what looks to be a less intense start to June/ start to summer, i started a few batches of some stuff i'd attempted last year / in 2017 with limited success i'll share later, if all goes well this time around. A very pleasant surprise, Lily Thorn, Catesbaea spinosa (Rubiaceae, same family as Gardenia, Randia, Hintonia, and Portlandia ) Cuba / Bahamas. Slowly builds to a large shrub /small tree, 6-12' in height. some spines along the branches, leaves arranged a lot like Buxus ( Boxwood. ) Evergreen, though i loose some foliage in winter. Likes well drained Alkaline / Limestone soil, very little water / dry in winter.. I water roughly once a week through the summer, maybe twice during the June /early July Nuke fest. Have almost roasted it twice. Supposedly cold hardy to around 30-33F. Hasn't had issues here, though i do bring it in if it is supposed to drop below 30F. While the plant itself has done fine here placed where it doesn't have to put up with direct sun, especially in the afternoon, each time it attempted to flower the past two years, our typical late spring /summer heat seems to cause the buds to drop prematurely. Wasn't sure how it would fare under the cooler conditions we've been having lately. Surprised to discover a nearly fully formed flower several days ago. Still wasn't sure it would continue development. Seems the weather this year is more to its liking as the flower opened earlier this evening. Has a scent but is hard to describe.. Reminds me of Beer, or fermented Molasses. Found another flower developing on the same branch as well. If you're wondering, yes, i pollinated the flower.. Need more of these. We'll see if it is self-fertile. Black Olive, Budica spinosa.. Another that has done well here. Surprised Black Olive haven't found its way into the landscape trade here, would likely do well, look nice in some o the street medians around town. anyway, while it flowers every year, really flowering this year.. Not sure if it is the weather but a nice treat. Tiny flowers attract all manner of Hover Flies / Bees, even where i have it sitting under the patio. Updates in September.. Enjoy -Nathan
  6. I have a Stihl HT75 and its the best apparatus I've at any point gotten It does all that I need it to do! An expression of caution, however; never cut palm fronds out on the town palm from the underside (the voice of agonizing knowledge!) the mutts slide straight down the shaft and the spikes hit your hands/fingers/arms at fast. I've had 2 dreadful mishaps with them and never again do date palms! I had one go straight through my pointer and into my second finger and snap off. The other one went straight into my thumb joint and snapped off. Some portion of it is still in there and the doc can't get it out (Karen got the one out of my fingers with forceps! it hurt for a second or 2 lol!) recently I bought a sharpener for it from https://topreviewedten.com/best-electric-chainsaw-sharpener/, don't forget to get it along with the saw. It is really necessary for maintenance.
  7. The clumping form of Areca vestiaria would work well too
  8. GottmitAlex

    To fertalize or not

    Here in SoCal, unless you send in your soil for testing, in my case, fertilize heavily. And give them salt as well.... oh , wait: If they are not Cocos nucifera, do not apply salt, just fertilize accordingly.
  9. Josh-O

    A few Patric plants

    Dayum Ben! Thanks for posting these. My JxQ is starting to come into its own finally. I'm glad I have 2 in the ground at the nursery.
  10. Scott Cohen

    Licuala Identification

    Could be a Grandis, but peltata var sumawongii is more likely imo.
  11. Nice lowland. I wonder where it came from..lol
  12. how much for for 50 qty
  13. Waiting for mine to flush so I know which type!!
  14. Tom in Tucson

    A few Patric plants

    This JxS looks more like a Jubaea than any other I've seen before. I hope there will be enough room for the 2 I have. What is the approximate diameter of this gorgeous monster, and how old is it? Hi 87˚, Lo 56˚
  15. Tracy

    Why not grow orchids?

    EZ, yes easy grower: Maxillariella tenuifolia.
  16. I like the width of the leaflets that yours is showing. My arenarius x latifrons have had more elongated leaves, like the arenarius parent thus far, so I was encouraged by the latest more twisted and slightly less elongated leaves. As you observe, they change over time with each flush, and mine are still very juvenile plants. Plenty of reasons for optimism!
  17. joe_OC

    Licuala Identification

    Looks like my Licuala peltata var. 'sumawongii'. Dr. Dransfield stated that there are no Licuala elegans. Lucualy grandis is unlikely as it's requirements are too tropical for SoCal.
  18. Hoping someone might be able to help me identify this Licuala that I've had growing outside for probably 16+ years. It was called either Licuala Grandis or Licuala Elegans when I got it way back then? Palm is extremely slow growing, as you can see it is still a very small palm. Its probably a bit to overprotected as far as planting location goes; which seemed to be a common planting mistake of mine back then. It has basically received hardly any sun for most of its life, a little bit more the last few years from the loss of large Caryota. Anyways would be nice to know exactly what kind of Licuala it is?
  19. I tried to add pictures but got a notice there was low memory.
  20. pj_orlando_z9b

    To fertalize or not

    Interesting. I fertilize 4x per year because my soil (sand) has no nutrients. In rainy season I sometimes go monthly to every 1.5 months. I'll usually test my soil 2x per year.
  21. I have been growing and collecting rare cycads for 33 years and have a nursery called The Cycad Jungle here in Florida. I have had lots of cycads for sale, but have kept a huge private collection for breeding purposes. Except for keeping about 15-20 smaller cycads, all my cycads are available for sale. At one time I had 30,000 cycads out here, but now, there are probably around 10,000. A complete inventory is going to be impossible, and anyone truly interested should come out and tour the nursery. I have a number in mind if someone wants everything, but it is most likely I have more cycads than any one person wants to deal with. A close estimate is that they would fill 12 semi truck loads. I have priced them so that if somebody potted them all up in the containers they should be in for landscape use, the buyer could literally make a million dollars. I could see a few people getting together, where some would want the plants mostly for nursery stock and others who are collectors, who want the huge specimens. I will most likely be splitting up everything, but this would be a great investment. To give you an idea, there are around 2000 to 3000 Ceratozamia hildae from seedlings to 45 gallon container clusters. I have a 40x50 greenhouse filled with trunking Encephalartos and Dioons. I have sexed pairs or colonies of almost every Caribbean Zamia. A few examples of rare pairs, I have Dr. UA Young's sexed pair of Ceratozamia Presa Aleman. This plant is extinct in the wild, and I only know of 4 sexed pairs in the world. I have a huge sexed pair of Zamia socunucensis coming from the expedition when it was being named. There are many more pairs like this. Most of my cycads are still in containers, but my larger, in ground cycads are available as well. The prize of my in ground collection is a sexed pair of Dioon edule that was brought in by Col. Montgomery in 1933, who founded Fairchild Gardens. The male could be as old as 430 years. They are both huge clusters. 2 videos of these plants can be found on UTube. Search Tom Broome, and Dioon edule, and they should come right up. Besides the specimens at Fairchild and Montgomery, there is no Dioon edule in any botanical garden in the world with a specimen this large. I would reaslly like to see these in a botsnical gsrden somewhere. Even though I would love to find someone interested in everything, I am thinking I will be selling them in pieces. If anyone has a favorite botanical garden, please let them know my cycads are available. If someone wants an investment and a free collection of huge plants, someone who sells all the single stemmed hildaes in 15 gallon containers, and the clusters in 25s, they could make around $80k profit and keep everything else for free. There are all kinds of possibilities. Anyone interested can email me at cycadjungl@aol.com For those of you who have been out here already, even though everything is for sale, it is still business as usual around here. I am starting another 500 seedlings and already have about 7000 seeds forming on the various cycads. I will sell everything individually, but if I find someone who wants everything, they are gone. With all the breeding plants out here, and how long cycads live, if someone could sell them all, they could make about $250k every year for the next 20 generations. I'm sorry for the long post. Thanks for your interest. I will try to add some pictures, but have many more I can send you. These plants are in Florida and are not officially certified for shipping to California. Tom Broome
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