Hello all! Just wanted to get opinios on how fast it takes a cycad in the seedling stage to develop a caudex?
I know there are many types of cycads that grow and different rates.
My personal favorite cyads right now are encephalartos.
What is the typical rate from seedling to developing a small caudex for encephalartos?
Is it better to pay for something that has a caudex developed or stick with seedlings and watch them grow?
Also what is the typical amount of time for germination?
Hello!! Wanting to repot my encephalartos lehmannii into a nice pot as the pot it is currently in came from the nursery.
I am trying to figure out the best soil for it. My concern is if it drains too fast will it not be able to absorb water and nutrition.
I have two options I am thinking of and the screen shots show the ingredients. Is there one you would recommend based on the ingredients? I have tried black and gold before, just not sure if it would be considered too fast draining.
And if there is another kind of soil, I am all ears. :). I want to do this right as it will be in a pot for at least a few years.
Also I read online that terra cotta pots that are unglazed are the best option? Any thoughts on what would be best for here in arizona.
Thank you for your time.
I was away for a few days and returned to my sago palm flush looking like this.
The fronds leaflets seem short and when it finishes unraveling looks like its going to be skinny. Also i notice some of the new fronds are curving downward.
Is this a water issue? I have three irrigation lines on it with no top. I also had someone water it by hose once while I was gone.
Also I notice the fronds a little yellow.
Is there any saving this flush?
P.s I love in arizona and it has been pretty hot.
By Jason S.
What species of cycad is this? The caudex is a bit smaller than a volleyball,
I was over browsing through ChuckG's collection of cycads and palms, and we ran across two unusual large Encephalartos. This is one of the two, it was tagged with "Ituriensis" but both of us are pretty sure that's not accurate. The leaf shape is wrong and the number of prickles are wrong. However it is a big one, with 9-10' shade grown fronds with a 5-6" caudex. So it's likely to be one of the "big green Encephalartos" or possibly a hybrid. Any suggestions on an ID or possible parents?
Leaves have around 20-22 spines pretty much evenly spaced on the top and bottom of each leaf. This is way more than Whitelockii (6-12) or Ituriensis (12-16) but similar to Laurentianus (12-20). Tip is consistently forked with 3 spines near the end. Leaves are more elliptical or Oblong/Ovate than they are lanceolate The only description I can find of an Encephalartos with that large number of spines on the leaves is Laurentianus. Superficially it looks a bit like one, but the others I have (also from Chuck) have more parallel leaves that are definitely not ovalized. Here's a few photos:
Front and back of the mature leaves, grown in a lot of shade. The reddish stuff on the top of the leaves is iron/manganese deposits from hard well water.
Leaf detail on the new flush, these are about 2.5 feet tall today:
Larger view of the new flush, caudex and 3 older fronds. It's tied to a steel post I drove into the ground to support the Dendrocalamus Hamiltonii on the right of the photo: