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Hybrid F2 Cycas seed should be ready in a couple months. 
Cycas panz x Cycas multifrondis X Cycas multifrondis x  (tropophylla x micholitzii)

Cycas rev x Cycas multifrondis X Cycas panz x Cycas multifrondis - I did this cross a couple years ago and have a few seedlings in the ground and they are beginning to look interesting. They have been real slow so far. Time will tell what they become..

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The late flush on this Encephalartos is pretty small with only 3 leaves, but at least the weather has been cooperative thus far to allow it to emerge without much damage.  Still a few weeks to go though.  One of my favorite greens!

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Ferox I planted as a golf ball size with zero roots about 5 years ago. Love this plant super common but flushes atleast twice a year . Just got done flushing and now it’s flushing again. Flush is Much slower in these low 40 degree nights .

 

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On 11/16/2023 at 11:31 AM, Tracy said:

 

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Seems like it has been longer than about 3 1/2 weeks.  It is still slow progression due to the time of year, but almost there now.

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Dioon flush bringing in the new year.

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Ceratozamia chamberlainii seed cone.

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Ceratozamia chamberlainii x hildae.

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13 hours ago, DippyD said:

A coney January….. 

It looks like it!  Interesting to see the syringe you use.  I have been using more of a needle type tip on a baster and actually inserting it into the cracks.  The challenge is that I sometimes get some of the flesh of the cone into the needle piece and have to use a paperclip to unplug the needle.  Your syringe works well on cones that are wide open, while avoiding the hiccup I sometimes encounter.

Now comes the waiting to harvest seeds and see which are sinkers and floaters.   

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55 minutes ago, Tracy said:

It looks like it!  Interesting to see the syringe you use.  I have been using more of a needle type tip on a baster and actually inserting it into the cracks.  The challenge is that I sometimes get some of the flesh of the cone into the needle piece and have to use a paperclip to unplug the needle.  Your syringe works well on cones that are wide open, while avoiding the hiccup I sometimes encounter.

Now comes the waiting to harvest seeds and see which are sinkers and floaters.   

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Theres all sorts of tools to inject, this one is literally a medical syringe from a children’s Motrin box… it allows more but cant be tricky if the cone isn’t fully cracked open and receptive. I hope you got good fertilization because i need some of them!

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On 1/10/2024 at 10:41 AM, Tracy said:

It looks like it!  Interesting to see the syringe you use.  I have been using more of a needle type tip on a baster and actually inserting it into the cracks.  The challenge is that I sometimes get some of the flesh of the cone into the needle piece and have to use a paperclip to unplug the needle.  Your syringe works well on cones that are wide open, while avoiding the hiccup I sometimes encounter.

Now comes the waiting to harvest seeds and see which are sinkers and floaters.   

 

Try making a pilot hole first with a nail, then use your syringe technique.

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I missed that this Cycas thouarsii× cupida had coned.   It came out deformed and small, accompanied by a flush which was limited in leaves and deformed. I have seen leaves on my female Cycas thouarsii flush short with no real leaflets or globbed leaflets but not on a male combined with a deformed cone.

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44 minutes ago, Tracy said:

I missed that this Cycas thouarsii× cupida had coned.   It came out deformed and small, accompanied by a flush which was limited in leaves and deformed. I have seen leaves on my female Cycas thouarsii flush short with no real leaflets or globbed leaflets but not on a male combined with a deformed cone.

 

 

 

thats a nice cross tracy and if memory serves me right, this was a greg holzman hybrid he released about 10 years ago.  i still have some but they dont grow as robust as yours.

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22 minutes ago, tinman10101 said:

this was a greg holzman hybrid he released about 10 years ago. 

Yes you are correct.  I got both of mine through George Sparkman.  Mine dates back to Autumn 2011, so 12 plus years ago now.  The female has been the more prolific pup producer of the two and is also the overall larger.

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Reminds me of Roxy Music's vocalist Bryan Ferry's solo album The Bride Stripped Bare, from 1978.  Yes, dating myself.

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Normally I get excited to see a new flush forming.  Mid-January flushes are an exception.  They are especially an exception when it comes to Encephalartos laurentiaunus, which has such long new leaves and leaflets to open during winter.  We will see how this flush performs given the normally damp windy conditions that are only aggravated by a slower pace for winter flushes to open.  I would have been much happier if this had waited until mid-March to start opening but I don't control that.

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