Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We Want Your Canary Palms!

Have a Canary palm? Looking to make some quick cash?

Well look no further! 

If you've got a healthy canary that you are looking to get rid of then we will come and take it off your hands. Free of charge! We will take care of everything. All you have to worry about is where you're going to spend your money.

Email us today with your contact info and photo of the palms.

Monday, September 21, 2015

How to Care for Your King Palm

King palms are a popular choice for homeowners throughout southern California. They are relatively low-maintenance and can bring a tropical vibe to any landscape. They are native to Australia and prefer warmer temperatures. They cannot tolerate anything below 28° Fahrenheit. To keep your king palm looking its best, I've provided some tips below.

  • Keep the soil moist! Compared to other palms, these babies require more water than most so make sure you don't let the soil try out. Obviously, you will find yourself watering more in the summer than in the winter.
  • Mix the soil up. Using a combination of both sand and soil will make your king palm the happiest. Use sand for the bottom of the planting site and a combination of sand and soil for the rest of the surrounding area.
  • Be careful when pruning. The king palm lacks the ability to heal itself and its for this reason that you must try to avoid pruning or removal of its flowers. Any cuts or damage to the tree leaves it vulnerable to fungus and diseases.
  • Fertilize your palm at least four times a year. Use a slow-release fertilizer that is formulated specifically for palms.
  • Watch for leaning. If you start notice that the palm is leaning more towards one side then its time to provide some extra support at the base. This can be accomplished by placing boards into the ground at its base and using bungee cords to set the palm upright. The boards can be removed once the tree is stronger and can support itself.

Interested in adding a king palm to your home or business? Email us for an estimate and pictures!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Palm Photo Spotlight: Giant Fishtail Palm

One of the most unique palms that I have to come to adore is the visually stunning, Giant Fishtail palm. These beautiful palms are native to India, Thailand and Laos. They are considered to have a moderately fast growth rate and can reach towering heights of 40ft. Fishtails require constantly moist soil and can either thrive under full sun exposure or partial shade.

The palm gets its name from the striking resemblance its leaves has to a fish tail. This is actually the main reason I find this tree so visually appealing.

From this angle they look like butterflies. So pretty!

I would love to lounge under one of these palms, with its huge delicate canopy of fishtails swaying in the slight breeze.

If you've fallen in love with the Giant fishtail palm like I have, email usgregpalms1@gmail.com today for our current availability and prices.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Much Needed Rain Hits Gregory Palm Farms


After weeks of super hot and dry weather (90°-100°) we finally got hit with two days of heavy rain. Unfortunately, these days weren't consecutive but we will take what we can get! Our palms were able to feast on all the rain water they wanted.

Lake Palm! We are now accepting applications for fishing permits.

However, the next day our farm turned into a literal mud pit!

I tried to walk closer but I began to sink into the ground. Fearing for my life, I didn't take a step further.

Which made it difficult to get around...

Our first casualty of Mud Fest 2015.

...and caused our golf cart to get stuck!

Example of which type of shoes NOT to wear a day after torrential downpour. RIP my lovely Tory Burch flats!

I also learned a valuable life lesson today: Flats are not a great choice to wear when trying to traverse quicksand. I almost got stuck and died!

But despite the extra messiness, we are grateful for the rain while it lasted!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How to Care for Your Sago Palm

Last week we talked about how to separate and transplant a sago pup. This week, I thought I'd go over how to properly care for your sago palm. If you can't already tell by the number of sago posts lately, I'm in love with this cycad. I love the symmetry of the glossy fronds and the way the zig-zag pattern on the trunk gives it a prehistoric vibe with a tropical twist. They are also so versatile! They not only look good outdoors as decorations for entryways but they also make excellent indoor plants as well due to their slow-growth rate.

Anyway! Today I've written some tips below for properly caring for your indoor cycad.

Care tips for indoor sago palms:
  • Give it just the right amount of sun. The key to your sago thriving both indoors (and outdoors!) is how much light it receives. Too much direct sun can burn those pretty green fronds. Partial sun is ideal. I also recommended turning the sago a quarter of a turn every couple of days to make sure the fronds each get their turn in the sun, allowing for them to grow out more evenly.
  • Keep it out of high traffic areas! This is beneficial for both you and the sago. The fronds are pretty stiff with a sharp point at the end of the frond. You will get tired super quick after a few brushes with its leaves.
  • Watching the watering. Too much water, and your sago will have some rot issues. Only water your sago again when the soil is starting to feel dry. Also, make sure it has good drainage and remove any sitting, leftover water after each watering.
  • Fertilize once a month during growing season (spring through fall). Be mindful not to over fertilize your plant as this could result in fertilizer burn, causing yellowing and root damage.
  • To prune or not to prune? Trimming your sago's fronds is completely up to you and your personal taste. The cone that grows from the center can be removed as long as its done carefully. Otherwise, if left alone, will just fall off on its own.
  • Upgrade to a pot 2 inches bigger than the one it's currently in. When the sago begins to outgrow the pot it's in, it's time to move it to a bigger home. Again, make sure that there is good drainage to prevent rot.       

Friday, September 11, 2015

Never Forget...

In memory of all the lives that were lost this day fourteen years ago.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Red Palm Weevil: A Palm's Greatest Threat

Universally considered the palm's most dangerous insect pest, the notorious red palm weevil infests palm trees eventually leading to the palm's death if the infestation is not caught and treated in time. Originating from southern Asia, this 6-legged threat made its first appearance in the United States in 2010 at Laguna Beach, CA. According to University of Riverside's Center for Invasive Species Research, the RPW has since then posed a potential threat to California's $30 million date palm crop.

The weevils typically infest unhealthy palms but have been known to invest healthy ones especially those under twenty years of age. While the adult weevils do inflict damage to the palm, it is the larva that are the most damaging through its burrowing. An adult female will lay anywhere from 300 to 500 eggs, once these eggs hatch, the larva will burrow and feed on the internal tissue of the palm.

Yellowing and wilting of the palm are usually the first noticeable signs of infestation and if not treated in time, will lead to death of the palm. The damage done to the internal tissue by the larva results in the wilting of the crown, followed by the fronds. By this time, the weakened palm is susceptible to secondary infections by bacteria or fungi, further sending it into its decline. The major issue with RPW infestations, is that by the time the symptoms are noticeable, the RPW may have already been present for six or more months and the damage is fatally irreversible.

Ultra-sensitive microphones are used for early detection of the weevils by inserting a microphone into the palm to record any produced sounds such as the gnawing by the larvae. If the RPW is detected then special insecticides and pheromones are used to treat the infestation.

While early detection is key in treating a RPW infestation, there are preventative measures that can be taken. Firstly, avoid inflicting any mechanical damage to the palm that would leave parts of the softer tissue exposed. Red palm weevils like to lay their eggs in the softer tissue of the palm so any exposure makes the palm vulnerable. Second, if there are any wounds from pruning of the palm, it is recommended to tar the areas, covering up any exposed areas.

For more information on RPW infestations, you can visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture website.

***For a palm that is RPW resistant, the California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) is a great addition to any home or business. Email us today for an estimate!***

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Feathery Crowned Queen Palm

A popular choice for urban landscaping, the queen palm, gives an exotic feel to any area with its tall slender trunk and breezy-looking fronds. While native to South America, the queen palm can be found growing in most tropical and subtropical areas.

These ornamental palms can reach heights of 49ft and have glossy green, feathery fronds that billow out from the crown of the trunk. Regular pruning of the fronds is required in order to maintain the aesthetics of the tree. The palm also produces edible bright orange dates that ripen during the winter months.

For optimal growth, the queen palm prefers full sun exposure with moderate watering and is best suited for well-drained, acidic soils. A good fertilizer that is rich in manganese and iron is recommended to help keep the fronds green.

At Gregory Palm Farms, we grow all of our own palms until they are ready to be delivered to your home or business. Interested in adding a queen palm to your landscape? Email us for an estimate and pictures of our available inventory.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Triangle Palm (Dypsis decaryi): On IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

A Triangle palm archway at our Pauma Valley farm.

Cultivated and grown in a variety of climates throughout the world, the Triangle Palm in its native Madagascar habitat, is actually considered a vulnerable species according to the IUCN's Red List. The IUCN, short for International Union for Conservation for Nature and Natural Resources, has the world's most comprehensive inventory of global conservation status of biological species. Using specific criteria, the Red List assesses the extinction risk for thousands of species and subspecies. 

With an estimate of only 1,000 mature trees left in a small area in southern Madagascar hence the Vulnerable status on the Red List. The palms are threatened by the harvesting of their seeds and leaves.

The triangle palm gets its name from the distinct triangle shape that is formed by the base of its fronds. In its native habitat, the palm has been known to grow up to 50ft. However, palms cultivated and grown outside of Madagascar, rarely reach that height and are more commonly known to grow to about 10ft-15ft. They thrive best with full sun exposure, regular watering, and well-drained sandy soil. The leaves are a beautiful blue-green color, making the palm a great decorative and accent palm.

**Interested in adding a beautiful Triangle palm to your home or business? Email us for an estimate and pictures of our current inventory.**

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Photo Tour of Gregory Palm Farms (Orange,CA Location Part 2)

Sago palms decorate the outside of the Gregory Palm Farms office in Orange, CA.

Today's post will continue exploring the Gregory Palm Farms Orange location through more photos of this gorgeous property. Above is a photo of the office where customers go complete their transactions once they've made their palm selections.

Moringa oleifera trees 

These are Moringa oleifera saplings. We have full-grown trees at our farm in Pauma Valley and both the seeds and trees are available for purchase. We also harvest the leaves and seeds to produce health products such as Moringa tea and supplements for men and women. To learn more about the benefits of Moringa and to purchase any of these products, you can visit our Moringa website.

Forest of the Queen Palm

Mexican Fan Palm row

A shady and relaxing area to eat lunch.

The enchanting driveway that leads up to the farm.

A Canary palm greets customers at the entrance of the farm.

We hope that you enjoyed this photo tour of Gregory Palm Farms in Orange, CA. This is just one of four palm farms. We will be featuring more tours in upcoming posts. For more information about our palms or to make an appointment, you can call us at (714)-814-8525 or email us for estimates and pictures of our available inventory.

Here is a preview of our Pauma Valley Farm photo tour:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Photo Tour of Gregory Palm Farms (Part 1)

For me, coming to work everyday at Gregory Palm Farms is like escaping to my own private little island. Secluded and nestled in the hills of Orange, CA, GPF has the paradise vibe minus the tourists and overpriced Pina Coladas. It can be easy to forget that these gorgeous palms are a part of a business and not just here for us to admire. With the largest palm tree inventory in southern California, the Gregory Family takes pride in the palms they grow.

And it shows. Every time I need to grab something that's across the farm, I take the more scenic route to my destination. The shade and slight breeze of the palm fronds towering above, soothes me and any stressors of the day are quickly reduced to a minimum. At times, it really makes me wish I had a bigger yard so I could plant a Canary palm or a couple of Queen Palms and just lounge in a hammock with a good book. That would be all the therapy anyone would ever need!

Walking through this area reminds me of LACMA's light pole exhibit but with more nature!

But what makes this palm farm so unique besides the fact that the Gregory's grow each of their palms, is the variety. It's like walking through an exotic three-dimensional collage of palms. From short to tall, Sago to Canary, the Gregory's have spent decades growing a wide collection of palms that is unlike any other I have yet to see (don't even get me started on the Pauma Valley Farm).

Hard to believe this little road doesn't lead off to a sandy beach somewhere.

Triangle palms create the perfect shady canopy.

A towering Canary palm.

A giant fishtail palm. The name really is quite fitting.

My favorite palm on the property, a double Canary (also one of the most valuable, go figure with my expensive taste).

Part two of my GPF tour will resume in tomorrow's blog post. If any you are interested in any of the trees above or would like more information about visiting the farm. You can email us or give us a call at 714-458-3720.