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Heenan's cycad

Encephalartos heenanii

Broodboom (Afr.)

The endangered Heenan's cycad is indigenous to the montane grasslands of the Piggs Peak district of northwestern Swaziland. Stem crowns are covered in golden-brown wool and produce erect dark-green leaves and a skirt of dead rachises. Female cones are pale green, egg-shaped, 23 - 30 cm in length, and produce orange-yellow seeds.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest seed when mature and loose from the cone.

Propagation

Seed
Sow fresh seed in well-draining soil mixure.
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

Pot plant
Use a large container with good drainage.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Swaziland
Natural climate
Warm

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
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free. Montor for Scale insects and do not overwater!
Red Scale
Red Scale
Aonidiella auranti

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