Lydenburg cycads are indigenous to gorges and ravines of the Olifants and Steelpoort rivers. These cycads are multi-stemmed with flaky paper-like 'bark' and blue-green leaves. Female cones are 30 - 35 cm in length and a yellow-green colour.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Harvest seed for sowing when mature and colored.
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.
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.
South Africa, ravines of the Olifants and Steelpoort rivers.
Soil PH preference
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!