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Why are all the SOLD! words shown?  We include the history of the past 11 months to inform the casual surfer looking for cycads and palms of our VALUE and QUALITY as evidenced by many sales.  Three public gardens have purchased significant quantities of our plants and are quite pleased.  Write an email or call us if you have any questions; our email address and phone numbers are on the first page.  We will send you the current version without the SOLD! words.


 

Genus species

Quantity

Cost per inch

Ceratozamia 'Chamberlainii' CITIES Appendix 1

 

$59

5 gal, 2.5"                     

1

 

Ceratozamia hildae

 

$59

15 gal (m), 3.5"                                    SOLD!

0

 

Ceratozamia kuesteriana

 

$59

15 gal, 2.25"                                         SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 4"                                              SOLD!

0

 

Ceratozamia latifolia

 

$55

15 gal

1

 

Ceratozamia mexicana

 

$55

5 gal        

4

 

13 gal 

1

 

15 gal, 3.5"                                            SOLD!       

0

 

15 gal, 8"                                    1 wasSOLD!

1

 

15 gal, dual 5", 5"                                  SOLD!

0

 

Ceratozamia microstrobilis

 

$69

15 gal                                                     SOLD!

0

 

Ceratozamia miqueliana

 

$129

5 gal                                           2 were SOLD!

0

 

Ceratozamia 'Molongo'

 

$59

5 gal                                                       SOLD!

0

 

15 gal

4

 

Ceratozamia 'Pacifica'

 

$69

15 gal, new flush!

1

 

Ceratozamia "Santiago Tuxla"

 

$59

15 gal

2

 

Cycas cairnsiana

   

tall gal, 10" tall, full sun                          SOLD!

0

$150 flat

Cycas debaoensis

 

$129

3 gal                                                       SOLD!

0

 

Cycas debaoensis x revoluta

 

$129

5 gal

2

 

Cycas diannanensis (parvulus)

 

$79

5 gal                                                       SOLD!

0

 

15 gal                                                     SOLD!

0

 

Cycas fairylakea, very special

 

$89

15 gal, 5"                                                SOLD!       

0

 

Cycas guizhouensis

 

$139

15 gal, 7"                                                SOLD!

0

 

Cycas kennedyana

 

$89

5 gal, 1.0"                                               SOLD!       

0

 

15 gal, 2.5"                                             SOLD!       

0

 

15 gal, 3"                                                SOLD!       

0

 

15 gal, 3.5"                                             SOLD!       

0

 

15 gal, 4"                                                SOLD!       

0

 

15 gal, 4"                                                SOLD!       

0

 

15 gal, 5"                                                SOLD!       

0

 

15 gal, 5.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 6"                                                SOLD!

0

 

Cycas litoralis

 

$139

15 gal, 5"   SOLD!

0

 

Cycas loei

 

$59

7 gal                                                        SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, new flush, large head

2

 

Cycas sp. Lopburi

 

$69

15 gal                                                     SOLD!

0

 

Cycas media

 

$59

3 gal

1

 

5 gal                                             1 was SOLD!

1

 

15 gal, 4" to 4.5"                        4 were SOLD!

4

 

Cycas micholitzii

 

$129

5 gal, 2.25"                                             SOLD!

0

 

Cycas panzihuanensis

 

$69

15 gal, 5"

1

 

20 gal, 12", female

5

 

20 gal, 12", male

1

 

20 gal, 11", male                                    SOLD!

0

 

Cycas pectinata

 

$59

5 gal

2

 

20 gal, 8", 17 years old

1

 

Cycas petraea

 

$59

tall gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal

2

 

5 gal, 4", 4", 4", 3.5", 3"

5

 

7 gal

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

Cycas revoluta

 

$19

15 gal, 4"-6.5"

12

 

Cycas rumphii

 

$49

15 gal                                                      SOLD!

0

 

Cycas schumanniana

 

$69

5 gal                     

2

 

Cycas seemanii

 

$69

5 gal                                                        SOLD!

0

 

15 gal                                                      SOLD!

0

 

Cycas siamensis

 

$69

7 gal, 3"

1

 

Cycas sp.

 

$49

5 gal                                            3 were SOLD!

6

 

15 gal

1

 

Cycas sp. 'Wilailak'

 

$69

15 gal, 8.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

Cycas taitungensis

 

$39

15 gal, 3.5"-6"

11

 

20 gal, 7"

2

 

Cycas thouarsii

 

$39

5 gal, 1.25"

1

 

15 gal, tall caudex, 3.5" to 5"

59

 

20 gal, 5"

1

 

Cycas thouarsii x platyphylla

 

$59

7 gal, 3"                                                  SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 3.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

Dioon califanoi

 

$129

15 gal, 5"  SOLD!

0

 

7 gal, 5.5" + 1 pup

1

 

13 gal, 4"

1

 

13 gal, 5" + 4 pups                                 SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 4", specimen!

1

 

15 gal, 6", massive root structure.        SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 6" + 3 pups

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 8" + 5 pups

1

 

Dioon capitoi

 

$129

5 gal, 3.0" sold as 2.5"                          SOLD! 

0

 

Dioon edule 'Jacala'

 

$49

13 gal                                         2 were SOLD!

9

 

15 gal                                         2 were SOLD!

36

 

Dioon edule 'Rio Verde'

 

$49

5 gal, 2"

4

 

5 gal, 2.5"

1

 

5 gal, 2.5"+2 pups

1

 

7 gal, 4"

1

 

7 gal, 6"

1

 

13 gal                                           1 was SOLD!

1

 

15 gal, 5"+1 pup

2

 

15 gal, 6"+3 pups                                   SOLD!

0

 

Dioon holmgrenii

 

$79

7 gal, 4"

1

 

5 gal, 2.5"

2

 

5 gal, 3.5"

2

 

5 gal, 4", rooting out

1

 

5 gal, 4.5"

1

 

5 gal, 4.5", rooting out

1

 

5 gal, 5.5"

1

 

7 gal, 4"

1

 

13 gal, 4"               

1

 

15 gal, 3.5"               

1

 

15 gal, 4.5"

1

 

15 gal

2

 

Dioon mejiae

 

$59

15 gal, 4"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 5.5"-6.5"                          1 was SOLD!

10

 

30 gal, 14" and 15"                    2 were SOLD!

0

 

Dioon merolae

 

$65

7 gal, 3"                                       1 was SOLD!

2

 

7 gal, 4"

2

 

7 gal, 4.5"

4

 

7 gal, 5.5"

1

 

13 gal

1

 

15 gal, 4"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"

1

 

15 gal,10"                                               SOLD!

0

 

15 gal                                           1 was SOLD!

2

 

Dioon merolae 'Golden Form'

 

$74

13 gal            

2

 

15 gal                                           1 was SOLD!

2

 

Dioon sp. 'Palma Sola'

 

$59

13 gal

1

 

Dioon queretaro

 

$59

13 gal

1

 

Dioon rzedowskii

 

$79

13 gal

2

 

Dioon spinulosum

 

$30. flat

5 gal, 4"-5"

6

 

15 gal, 4" to 8"                         15 were SOLD!

21

 

Encephalartos aemulans

 

$119

7 gal, 3"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 8"

2

 

15 gal, 9"

1

 

15 gal, 9"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 10"                                              SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 11"

1

 

15 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 9"                                                SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 13"                                              SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 14"                                              SOLD!

0

 

24" box, 15", new flush                          SOLD!      

0

 

Encephalartos altensteinii

 

$79

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7", 1 pup

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

15 gal, 9"

1

 

20 gal, 10.5"

1

 

25 gal, 10", 1 pup

1

 

30 gal, 11"

1

 

30 gal, 14"                                              SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos alt x horridus

 

$89

15 gal, 8.5"                                             SOLD!        

0

 

Encephalartos alt x latifrons x tri

 

$129

15 gal, 5.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos altensteinii x natalensis

 

$99

30 gal, 13", perfect leaves                    SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos arenarius green 'Legacy'

 

$99

15 gal, 5.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos arenarius blue

 

$149

15 gal, 6"                                     1 was SOLD!

1

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 8"

1

 

15 gal, 9"

1

 

15 gal, 10"

1

 

15 gal, 11"                                              SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 6.5", 5.5", 5", 4", 4"

1

 

20 gal, 9", 5", 4"                                     SOLD!

0

 

30 gal, 10"

1

 

24" box, a specimen                              SOLD!

0

 

24" box, 12"                                           SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos bubalinus, 8"

 

$149

15 gal

1

 

Encephalartos caffer "Humansdorp"

 

$179

15 gal, 2.25"                                           SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos concinnus

 

$89

10 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7.5" new flush

1

 

20 gal, 12" new flush

1

 

20 gal, 13", a specimen                        SOLD!

0

 

30 gal, 11.5" with female cone             SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Kransberg

 

$175

tall gal, 1", rooting out          

1

$75. flat

5 gal, 1.25", 2.0"        

2

 

5 gal, 1.5"                                               SOLD!

0

 

5 gal, 2"                                                  SOLD!         

0

 

15 gal, 34" tall, 3.5" caudex                  SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos ferox

 

$55

5 gal (m)&(f), 3.5" to 5"             2 were SOLD!

23

 

15 gal, 5" + 1 pup;  6" + 3" +2.25" + 3 pups

2

 

15 gal;  10", wide leaf                            SOLD!

0

 

20 gal;  7" + 1 pup

1

 

30 gal, female, 13", 6.5 feet tall            SOLD!

0

$92

Encephalartos gratus

 

$69

5 gal, 2", 2"

2

 

15 gal, 6"                                                SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 11"

1

 

20 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 14"-16", quite large!       1 was SOLD!

5

 

Encephalartos cv Greatholzmanii

 

$59

(E. gratus x manikensis)

   

5 gal                                                        SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 6.5", impressive

1

 

Encephalartos hildebrandtii

 

$69

15 gal

1

 

Encephalartos horridus    

 

$150=>$80

   

see article below

tall gal, 3"  rooting out

2

 

5 gal, 1"

1

 

5 gal, 1.25"

1

 

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal, 3"

1

 

5 gal, 3"                                                  SOLD!

0

 

5 gal, 3.25"                                             SOLD!

0

 

5 gal, 3.5"                                             

1

 

5 gal, 6"   rooting out

1

 

5 gal, 7"   rooting out

1

 

5 gal, 7"   rooting out

1

 

7 gal, 2.5"                       

1

 

7 gal, 4"

1

 

7 gal, 4.5"

1

 

7 gal, 5"

1

 

7 gal, 5"

3

 

7 gal, 5"                    

1

 

7 gal, 5.5"                                               SOLD!

0

 

7 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 2.75"                                           SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 3"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 4" + 8 pups (a pup machine)     SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 4", 4"                                           SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 4.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 5"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 5.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 6" + 2 pups                                 SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 6.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 7"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 7"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 7"+ 3 pups

1

 

15 gal, 7", 4", 3.5"                                  SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 7.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 7.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 8"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 9"                                                SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 9" + 3 pups                                 SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 7", beach ball form                     SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 9", 2"  (11")

1

 

20 gal, 6", 5.5" + 1 pup (11.5")              SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 5.5", 5", 3.5"  (14")                     SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 6", 5", 4.5" (15.5")                      SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 7", 5", 4"  (16")                           SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 8.5", 8.5"  (17")

1

 

20 gal, 9.5", 6", 3.5"  (19")                      SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 6", 6", 6", 5"   (23")

1

 

20 gal, 7.5", 4", 4", 4", 3", 2"  (24.5")

1

 

20 gal, 8", 6.5", 5", 4", 3.5"  (27")

1

 

20 gal, 7", 6", 5.5", 5", 4" (27.5")            SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 8", 6", 5", 4", 4", 3" +1 pup  (30")

1

 

30 gal, 13", 7", 7" + 1 pup  (27")             SOLD!

0

 

Note: We have many E. horridus in the ground, 7" to 58", flawless, extremely blue

Encephalartos kanga "Tanzania"

 

$150

5 gal, 3.5", rooting out

3

$75 flat

5 gal, 3", 3"                                             SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos kisambo

 

$79

15 gal, 6.5" (new flush); 7";  7.5"; 8.5" 

4

 

24" box, large 10" specimen!     1 was SOLD!

1

 

Encephalartos laevifolius Kaapsehoop

 

$179

5 gal, 2.25"

1

 

15 gal, 4", specimen, 15 years old       SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos lanatus

 

$99

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

7 gal, 3"

1

 

7 gal, 3", 2"

1

 

15 gal, 10"                                              SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos laurentianus

 

$179

5 gal, 1.75"

1

 

15 gal, 2", 1.5"

1

 

30 gal, 8.5", beautiful new flush

1

 

Encephalartos lebomboensis

 

$69

15 gal                                                      SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 9"

2

 

Encephalartos "Piet Retief"

 

$99

15 gal, 25+ yrs old, 8"                                                       

5

 

Encephalartos lehmannii

 

$139

5 gal, 1.25"

1

 

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal, 2.5"

1

 

5 gal, 4"

1

 

7 gal, 2.5"

1

 

7 gal, 3.5"

1

 

15 gal, 3.5", 1.5" + 1 pup

1

 

15 gal, 4"                                      1 was SOLD!

2

 

15 gal, 5"   1 was SOLD!

1

 

15 gal 6", truly a specimen, pix below.  SOLD! 

0

 

Encephalartos lehmannii x longifolius

 

$99

5 gal, 3.5"

1

 

Encephalartos longifolius, blue

 

$129

15 gal                                         2 were SOLD!

12

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

Encephalartos longifolius, green

 

$89

5 gal, 2"

1

 

5 gal, 3", rooting out

1

 

15 gal, 6" + 1 pup

1

 

15 gal, 6", not strongly keel, large leaves

1

 

15 gal, 6", keel leaves

1

 

20 gal, 8"

1

 

20 gal, 9"

2

 

20 gal, 10"                                              SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos longifolius Joubertina

 

$159

15 gal, 6 "                                               SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos longifolius x latifrons

   

tall gal

3

$50 flat

Encephalartos manikensis

 

$79

15 gal, 3.5"          

1

 

15 gal, 4"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 6.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

2

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

20 gal, 11"

1

 

Encephalartos mani x chimani (termed chimanimaniensis)

$139

15 gal, 8", flushing                       1 was SOLD!

1

 

Encephalartos mani x gratus

 

$69

This cycad has hybrid vigor and is more vibrant than either parent.  Larger in-ground version is available. Spectacular!

   

20 gal

1

 

Encephalartos msinganus

 

$109

5 gal, 1"

1

 

7 gal, 3.5"                                               SOLD!

0

 

7 gal, 5.5"

1

 

15 gal, 2.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

20 gal, 8", 4"                                           SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos munchii, female

 

$250

30 gal, 17"                                              SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos natalensis

 

$79

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

7 gal, 2.5" + 2 pups                                SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 10"

1

 

20 gal, 11"

2

 

20 gal, 12"

1

 

Encephalartos natalensis 'Ulerdii'

 

$89

15 gal, 6"

1

 

Encephalartos natalensis x horridus (Nat-Hor)

 

$89

15 gal                                           1 was SOLD!

3

 

Encephalartos natalensis x woodii

 

$89

15 gal, 8"

1

 

Encephalartos nubimontana

 

$225

liner, 16" tall                                            SOLD!

0

$150 flat

tall gal, 1"                                                SOLD!

0

 

7 gal, 3"                                                  SOLD!

0

 

15 gal, 6.5"                                             SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos nubimontana robusta

 

$225

5 gal, 1.5"                                               SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos paucidentatus

 

$165

15 gal, 9"                                                SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 10"                                              SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos princeps

 

$179

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal, 2"

1

 

7 gal, 3"

1

 

15 gal, 4"                                                SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos sclavoi

 

$109

5 gal, 1.75"            

1

 

5 gal, 2"                                                  SOLD!          

0

 

7 gal, 5"                                                     

1

 

15 gal, 6.5"                                                      

1

 

20 gal, 9"                                                SOLD!             

0

 

20 gal, 11"

1

 

20 gal, 12", 20 years in the ground      SOLD!               

0

$139

Encephalartos senticosus

 

$49

15 gal, very low cost

3

 

Encephalartos tegulaneus

 

$159

tall gal, 0.5"                                  1 was SOLD!

1

$129 flat

Encephalartos transvenosus

 

$99

15 gal

4

 

30 gal, 16" with 14"-16" caudex height  Huge!

1

 

Encephalartos trans Soutpansberg

 

$129

15 gal

1

 

Encephalartos trispinosus

 

$129

15 gal, 3", 3.5", 4", 5"                              SOLD!  

0

 

15 gal, 3.5"                                              SOLD!  

0

 

15 gal, 5", 2"  (7")

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"

1

 

20 gal, 9" quite large                              SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos trispinosus spineless

 

$159

this has clear margins reminiscent of the lehmannii

   

15 gal, 5"

2

 

15 gal, 7"                                                SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 4.5" very large root base

1

 

Encephalartos trispinosus x arenarius

 

$69

15 gal                                                     SOLD!

0

 

Encephalartos turneri

 

$165

7 gal, 3"

1

 

20 gal, 11", entire margins                   SOLD!

0

 

20 gal, 11", quite special, very dark green leaflets

1

 

Encephalartos villosus

 

$69

5 gal

1

 

15 gal, 5" to 7"                             1 was SOLD!

8

 

20 gal

2

 

Encephalartos villosus "Brown"

 

$79

5 gal

1

 

Encephalartos whitelockii

 

$139

7 gal,  3"                 

1

 

15 gal,  3.5"

1

 

15 gal,  6"

2

 

15 gal,  6", very blue.                             SOLD!

0

 

15 gal,  5.5", very blue                           SOLD!

0

 

20 gal,  9" + 1 pup                                  SOLD!

0

 

Lepidozamia hopei

 

$79

15 gal                                                     SOLD!

0

 

Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

$59

15 gal, 2"- 5"                              3 were SOLD!

12

 

Macrozamia communis

 

$39

5 gal, 2"-3"

8

 

15 gal, 2"-3"

6

 

15 gal, 5"-6"

2

 

Macrozamia miquelii

 

$59

tall gal

2

 

5 gal

1

 

Macrozamia mooreii, blue

 

$59

5 gal

1

 

Stangeria eriopus

 

$89

15 gal, 3"                                                SOLD!

0

 

Zamia amblyphyllidia

 

$59

5 gal ; 2.25"   

1

 

5 gal (f); 3 ea 4" clumps              1 was SOLD!   

1

 

5 gal (m); 2 ea 4" clumps                       SOLD!

0

 

15 gal (m), 4.5"

1

 

Zamia 'Cayman Islands'

 

$79

5 gal (m)

1

 

Zamia floridana

 

$49

3 gal

3

 

5 gal

2

 

Zamia floridana 'curly'

 

$59

5 gal

2

 

Zamia furfuracea, inland 'Dorado' form

 

$29

5 gal, 4" coning

20

 

Zamia furfuracea, wider leaf form

 

$39

15 gal                                         2 were SOLD!

3

 

Zamia herrerae 'Chiapas'

 

$39

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal

4

 

Zamia herrerae 'El Salvadore'

 

$39

5 gal

2

 

Zamia inermis

 

$79

5 gal (m), 4.5"

1

 

5 gal, 3"; 3 ea 3" clumps; 5"

3

 

Zamia integrifolia

 

$49

3 gal

2

 

5 gal (f)

1

 

7 gal (m)

1

 

5 gal, very large plant

1

 

Zamia kickxii

 

$109

5 gal

1

 

Zamia loddigesii

 

$34

5 gal, 4" to 7"                             4 were SOLD!

42

 

Zamia paucijuga

 

$55

5 gal, 4" to 6" (m)&(f)                4 were SOLD!

30

 

15 gal, 2" clump + 3" + 4"

1

 

Zamia picta

 

$49

5 gal, 6 feet tall, beautiful yellow dots      3 were SOLD!

17

 

Zamia polymorpha

 

$49

5 gal

6

 

Zamia portoricensis, rare

 

$59

1 (f)                                                        SOLD!

0

 

Zamia pumila

 

$49

5 gal (m)

2

 

5 gal (f)

3

 

Zamia spartea

 

$39

5 gal                                                        SOLD!

0

 

Zamia sp.

 

$39

Liners

12

 

1 gal

3

 

5 gal

1

 

Zamia sp. 'Mexico'

   

tall gal

13

$29. flat

5 gal

1

$49. flat

15 gal, dual 4.5", 5" (m)

1

$139. flat

15 gal, 41 stems, 30" tall, 18 years old      SOLD!

0

$400. flat

Zamia vasquezii

 

$39

5 gal, 2.25" + 1" + 1"                   1 was SOLD!

1

 

5 gal (m), 2.5" + 2.5" clump; 2.5"; 3"; 2" + 2" clump

4

 

5 gal (f), 2.5"; 3.5"; 3.5"

3

 

13 gal (f), 4"

1

 
     

Updated

11/6/2020

 


Eighteen (18) years ago, my friend, the brilliant Felix Montes, M.D. of Nayarit state in western Mexico, gave me seeds for the Zamia sp. Mexico and the Zamia paucijuga.  No other grower in southern California grew these cycads so I was interested in how they would turn out.  The Zamia paucijuga quickly attained 5 gallon size with a 4" to 6" caudex, and essentially held that size, appearing to be a dark green, stiff, narrow-leaflet combination of Zamia furfuracea and Zamia loddigesii.  The Zamia sp. Mexico simply grew stems having minimal leaflets, and were not impressive at all, very disappointing.  Felix had hiked up a nearby, moderate elevation mountain and midway saw these cycads growing, obviously many, many years old, so he knew the story.  He saw how spectacular the Zamia sp. Mexico was and was anxious to share this with fellow growers in the US.  Well, after 18 years of growth here in sunny Escondido, my Zamia sp. Mexico finally put on her prom dress and decided to be beautiful.  The photo below is exactly where it has been growing for 18 years, having 41 stems within a 12" diameter area circle.  The leaflets are naturally pale green (not due to overexposure to the sun) and I anticipate that, like a new flush turns dark with time, will become a darker green.  This pale green leaflet is soft and at least 2 months old, so it is slow to darken.  Maybe it will hold this pale green color?  Anyhow, I am so thankful to Felix for introducing me to this special cycad.            
Zamia sp. Mexico

 

 


 

Encephalartos horridus

The following describes our experience with the Encephalartos horridus at Indian Rock.  At last check our price of $80./inch is the lowest in southern California.  You may be able to find a few 5 gallons elsewhere for that price, but they will likely not be well grown; if you want fully developed, strong specimens be sure to visit us and compare.

The cost of a horridus, a blue cycad, reflects the long time for growth.  A blue cycad grows more slowly than a green cycad.  A blue cycad does poorly in coastal areas or in canopy where the light level is low: the color of the leaves will change from bright blue/silver to a dull gray, and may become susceptible to mold.  It is important to have the full arc of sunshine for horridus in order to have health and beauty.

How much time are we talking about? Here are rough numbers for typical growth in full sun.

  • from seedling to a 5 gallon size with 2" caudex, about 5 years
  • from 5 gallon size (above) to 15 gallon size with 4" to 7" caudex, about another 5 years
  • from 15 gallon size (above) to 20 gallon size with 7" to 9" 'beach ball' caudex or a multiple of smaller offsets, 4" to 6", another 5 years!  That is a long time!

When the E. horridus is grown in well-draining soil, out in the open, it grows 3 to 5 times faster than if grown in a container.  Why is that, if the container is in full sun?  Well, the mixed soil used for containers is affectionately termed "foo-foo" soil, because it is the best approximation that soil folks do to provide moisture wicking, oxygenation to the roots and needed nutrients.  Many of these mixed soil formulas contain no earth soil, just peat, sand, bark, perlite and pumice.  But outdoor earth soil is EXACTLY what this cycad needs.  In addition, the stable/uniform temperature of mother earth for the roots is nature perfect.

The horridus is a cycad that produces abundant offsets during the 10 year to later period.  You may have heard collectors ask, "Is it seed grown?"  What they are implying is that the caudex for an offset horridus may not be perfectly round, but a seed-grown one will be naturally round.  Our experience is that offsets around 6" become well rounded.  Sometimes this phrase is used to negotiate.  Keep in mind that at any later time it is possible to split a collection of offsets into smaller sized cycads, and the overall cost will not change.

Here are horridus that are the first ones ready for sale and are in 5 gallon or 7 gallon containers.  Eight (8) are seed grown, around 5 years old.  Eleven (11) are offsets split away from a larger parent being 10 to 15 years old and generally larger than the seed grown cycads; those 6" or larger have round caudexes.  Because of the smaller size of these horridus, they are the least expensive.

Encephalartos horridus, 5 gallon and 7 gallon 

 


 

Here are horridus that are 1) seed grown to about 10 years or 2) are offsets split away from a parent or is the parent of a dig operation. Eight (8) are seed grown.  Five (5) are offsets split away from a collection of offsets.  All caudexes are round.  There is absolutely no discernible difference in health or appearance of either.  This size horridus is the best value; the parent plant of this horridus will double in size or there will be a proportionate number of offsets in 4 years. 

 

Encephalartos horridus, 15 gallon 

 


 

Finally, here are horridus that became large or developed a number of large offsets.  They were dug and placed into 20 gallon containers or 24"/30" wooden boxes. This size horridus is the most desireable but most expensive  It is best directed to the discerning collector wanting a very special cycad in his/her garden.  Cycads of this level are found in commercial or public gardens.  Please see the last photo, 36" of fused offsets;  the significant feature of this size is the extremely dense head of leaves.

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 6", 5.5" + 1 pup

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 7", 5", 4"

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 7", 6", 5.5", 5", 4" + 2 pups

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 8", 6.5", 5", 4", 3.5"

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 9.5", 6", 3.5"

 

 

Encephalartos horridus, 30 gallon, 36 diameter inches of fused caudexes, 48 inches tall above the soil line, 

Note:  This horridus is extremely healthy, vibrant and very blue.  How is this possible?  Because it was, 

  • Planted as a 5 gallon plant 15 years ago in decomposed granite, no clay, excellent drainage
  • Exposed to the full arc of very warm Escondido sun, no shade
  • Watered with very measured drip irrigation
  • Given regular, balanced water-soluble fertilization  

=>This cycad was sold.


 

Encephalartos lehmannii  This 6" cycad was grown in full Escondido sun with measured irrigation, water soluble fertiizer and was weeded and trimmed over the 14 years it was grown in the ground starting from a 3-year old plant.  The color is an amazing silver-blue, brighter than other Encephalartos blues.  It was posted in this website at 4 p.m. and was SOLD at 8 p.m.  The new owner who called in the order from his out-of-state location is thrilled.  He has an extensive cycad collection and is quite exacting in his choices.  


 

 


Encephalartos ferox, 30 gallon, 13 inch caudex, 6.5 feet tall, 3 feet wide

Here is an excellent example of an Encephalartos that prefers dappled light, the Encephalartos ferox.  Other Encephalartos having similar sunlight restrictions would be the hildebrandtii, laurentianus and villosus.  Many 5 gallon E. ferox' are available.

The ferox can take an enormous amount of time to become tall like this example.  Stick this cycad in a heavily shaded spot, like beneath an avocado tree and you will see little in 5 years, knee-high in 10 years and maybe waist high in 15 years.  How do you speed this process up?  Always plant in the ground for growth is 3 to 5 times that of cycads grown in containers.

  • Plant in coastal sun with no overhead trees or shade.  Unfortunately a Santa Ana may do damage.
  • Plant in inland sun on the east side of a house or structure.  When the sun breaks over this structure towards the west, the light level on the east side will lower and be satisfactory.  Experiment with the ferox in a container for several months; water well to insure the plant can draw up water during this experiment.  If this ferox does not yellow or turn lime-green, this is a satisfactory location.
  • Plant in inland sun under 30% shadecloth.  This material has to be special ordered and is ugly, not acceptable as a permanent solution.
  • Plant in inland sun beneath Queen palms that are arranged with about 16 feet separation.  The sunlight will shine through openings.  As the earth turns this sunlight will "move" across the leaves and not burn.  This is exactly what the ferox wants--a bite of sun but no more.  Similarly, plant beneath Schizlobium parahybum trees spaced around 14 feet. 
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