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Blyde River Cycad

Encephalartos cupidus

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

Blyde River Cycad Overview

The Blyde river cycad is a subterranean dwarf species that form crowns just above the ground. Leaves are blue-green, maturing to a yellow-grey. Female cones are egg-shaped, 18 - 20 cm long and light green, becoming yellow-green as they mature.

Common problems with Blyde River Cycad

Few, but include mealy bug and scale.

How to harvest Blyde River Cycad

Harvest seed when colored and mature.

How to propagate Blyde River Cycad

Seed

Naked seeds grow on female plants and need pollen from male plants to be fertile. Sow fresh fertile seeds in sandy soil and keep warm and moist. Germination can take 1-3 months.

Suckers

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 Blyde River Cycad

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Attracts birds

Other uses of Blyde River Cycad

Ornamental

Edible

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!