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Natal grass cycad

Stangeria eriopus

The Natal Grass Cycad is indigenous to the East coast of Southern Africa. It is very adaptive and grows in full sun in open grasslands, and can also be found growing in full shade in forests. Female cones are egg-shaped, about 20 cm in length, and produce pink seeds.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Propagation

Seed
Naked seeds grow on female plants and need pollen from male plants to be fertile. Sow fresh fertile seeds in sandy soil and keep warm and moist. Germination can take 1-3 months.
Suckers
Allow suckers to grow attached to the motherplant for about two years until they have enough reserves to survive on their own. Remove with a clean cut and use flowers-of-sulphar to help the wounds to heal.

Geography

Origin
South africa, East coast.
Natural climate
Hot, humid, summer rain Temperate sones

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral

Uses

Notes
Ornamental

Personality

Family
Stangeriaceae
Flower colour
Scent
None

Problems

Relative problem free - scout for Scale Insects and Mealy bugs anddo not overwater!

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