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Winterberg cycad

Encephalartos cycadifolius

The Winterberg cycads are often multi-stemmed with dark green leaves with bright yellow leaf-stalks. Female cones are barrel-shaped, between 20 - 30 cm in length, and produce yellow to orange-yellow seeds.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Harvest seeds when mature and colored.

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.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Winterberg
Natural climate
Summer rainfall, montane areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The Afrikaans name 'Broodboom' came from the traditional use of the pith as bread - note that Cycads is toxic and it needs a 3month fermentation process to break down those toxins!

Personality

Family
Zamiaceae / Cycadaceae
Flower colour
none
Scent
None

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