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Kaapsehoop cycad

Encephalartos laevifolius

Kaapsehoop cycad (Eng.), Kaapsehoop broodboom (Afr.)

The Kaapsehoop Cycad may develop several stems, each marked with a circular pattern of leaf-base scars. Leaves are blue-green in colour. Female cones are barrel-shaped and between 20 - 30 cm in length. It is a hardy waterwise plant popular in ornamental garden plantings.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest seed 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
Southern Africa
Natural climate
Summer rainfall

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!
Notes
Ornamental

Personality

Family
Zamiaceae
Flower colour
none
Scent
None

Problems

Scale can cause harm to plants.
Red Scale
Red Scale
Aonidiella auranti

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