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Thunberg Cycad Overview
Thunberg's cycad has the most southernly habitat and is found in coastal fynbos and Karoo scrubland. Leaves are dark green and form an umbrella-shaped canopy. Female cones are 60 cm in length, weigh about 36 kg, and produce red seeds.
Common problems with Thunberg Cycad
Relative problem free with good draiage. Watch out for Scale and Mealy bug that can cause harm.
How to harvest Thunberg Cycad
Harvest seed when mature and sow fresh.
How to propagate Thunberg Cycad
Sow fresh mature seed as soon as collected into well-draining sand mix.
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 of Thunberg Cycad
Other uses of Thunberg Cycad
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!