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Karoo cycad

Encephalartos lehmannii

The Karoo cycad is indigenous to the south-eastern parts of the Great Karoo. Leaves are blue-grey. Female plants are able to produce two different cone forms: one that produces red seeds and another that produces orange seeds.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Harverst seed when mature (colored).

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed while fresh into well-draining soil mix.
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, Great Karoo
Natural climate
Semi-arid to Arid Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid
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!
Notes
Ornamental

Personality

Family
Zamiaceae
Flower colour
Scent
Mild

Problems

Few, but scout for mealy bug and scale insects.

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