I know its early but I am prepping for next summer! I am in Mesa arizona, so it gets hot here. Recently I have purchased some encephalartos cycads and a Dioon. I have all of them in pots and have zero shade in my yard. I am going to be building a 16×16 shade area next summer and I am wondering for encephalartos what would be your opinion on the best percentage? So far I have seen 50 percent, but wondering if anyone has had any luck with a lower percent.
As a side note, I am looking at aluminet shade cloth which acts as a mirror and reflects heat away from the shade structure.
Thanks for your time!
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.
It has been interesting to watch a transformation in the main caudex of this Encephalartos woodii hybrid (E arenarius x woodii). After coning a couple of times, the last set of male cones came in late 2017 and are pictured below in early spring of 2018. Eventually they reached a point where I removed them and thought this cycad would just keep on alternating between flushes and coning periodically. It did have a large pup on one side which I eventually removed and is growing in its new home. What happened over the next two years with where these cones had emerged is the interesting story.