Not AI as in Artificial Intelligence, but Artificial Insemination. Daddy is about 15 miles away as the crow flies as this occurs, so it would never happen even if we did have the pollinators here in Southern California. Encephalartos horridus x woodii receiving pollen from a E horridus x woodii. Wet or dry? What do you do?
Autumn 2021 has been mild here in Southern California, and it appears from a very unscientific, anecdotal basis that some of the Encephalartos cones are cracking open earlier than normal this year. I'm seeing it about a month earlier on a few species of Encephalartos and was discussing the experience with a grower that has seen similar things this year. My Encephalartos laurentiaunus was the first to have cones crack and be ready for pollination early. Now I have an Encephalartos horridus that is about 4-5 weeks earlier than it has ever opened in the past. It will receive it's second dose of blue arenarius pollen from one of Braden's plants today.
Only one prior cone on my E horridus x woodii, so limited to one prior data point, but it should crack the two cones it has any day now which will be about a month ahead of when I pollinated it last year. Any others seeing a similar phenomenon with their Encephalartos cones here in Southern California?
So last weekend we did a trip to Avery Island, La to the jungle gardens tour at the tabasco factory. It was really cool. We saw some amazing sabals and sabal minors everywhere! We also saw some really nice cycads that I have not seen in Louisiana before. Could y'all possibly identify the cycad? We also saw a HUGE Chinese fan palm. Was wondering if anyone else has been there before. Also just letting y'all know it's a great place for a weekend trip :)
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So I acquired this Encephalartos hybrid as a 1 or 2 leaf seedling in a band size container (3" x 9") several years ago. It has proven to be a good grower. I acquired it as a hybrid of an E blue arenarius x latifrons. I have always wondered about how blue it is because I don't recall many 1st generation hybrids of green species with blue actually being such an intense blue. Now as a caudex is beginning to appear, I noticed the orange colored ring collars (see photos below). When I see that color on a collar of a blue cycad, I immediately think of E lehmannii. The leaflets are much narrower than what I would expect if there were any latifrons in the mix. So perhaps some sort of lehmanii x horridus or lehmanii x trispinosis? I might consider lehmanii and the other purported parent latifrons.
So am I reading too much into that collar color? Since I have been thinking about this for a while I wanted to see if anyone else got one of these and has had similar thoughts. I'm happy with the plant whatever it turns out to be, just based on structure and color, but I am curious about it's parentage. At some point I'll have additional clues when it gets to coning size but that's quite a few flushes and years away.