Users' questions

How do you germinate Macrozamia seeds?

How do you germinate Macrozamia seeds?

My favorite method is placing the seed on top of sterile sand, then covering with Perlite. The moist Perlite keeps the seed moist but not wet and is sterile enough not to promote fungus. Depending on the amount of shade and temperature in the growing area, seeds should be watered one to three times per week.

How do you plant cycads?

The most important requirement is good drainage. If water is stagnant, the roots will rot. Cycads do well in terra cotta pots with a cactus mix or potting soil. Don’t expect rapid growth; these plants are slow growing, and like being root-bound, so there is no need to re-pot too often.

How long do cycads take to grow from seed?

I use the 6-9 months formula with trace elements added. I also water with Naturakelp or a fish/seaweed concentrate about every six weeks. Planting cycad seed too early often ruins the seed, especially if it is planted in hot or wet conditions, or it dries out before it is ready to germinate.

What kind of soil does Encephalartos ferox grow in?

Most plants grow in well draining, sandy soil. The leaves of Encephalartos ferox are very prickly, and shaped like a large holly leaf, hence the name ferox. The one characteristic that sets this species apart from are the bright orange cones. As with all cycads individual plants are male or female.

What are the different names for Encephalartos Bertol?

Encephalartos ferox G.Bertol. Common names: Maputaland cycad, Zululand cycad, Tongaland cycad (Eng.), Maputalandbroodboom, Tongalandbroodboom (Afr.), umthobane, uthobani (Zulu), chihanga (Thonga) A cycad with dark green, arching, holly-like leaves and striking red cones.

How is encephalaratos ferox declining in South Africa?

According to the Red List of South African Plants, checked on 10 October 2016, Encephalaratos ferox is asessed as Near Threatened (NT). Although widespread and common, this species is declining due to increasing collecting pressure and habitat destruction.

How long does it take for Encephalartos cone to fall apart?

An Encephalartos cone will fall apart in 6 months, so the holding period or storage time will be about 6 months. Usually the holding period for Ceratozamia seeds is around 3 months. Zamias will usually sprout after one month, and Dioons will usually sprout immediately.