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A picture of a Albany Cycad

Albany Cycad

Encephalartos latifrons

Full Sun
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Tender

H3-H1c

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

3m

2m

Min

2m

More images of Albany Cycad

Encephalartos latifrons, female plant and cone
Encephalartos latifrons, male plant and cone
Encephalartos latifrons, broad-fronded leaves.
Encephalartos latifrons, one of the original plants collected by Pearson, planted in Kirstenbosch in 1914.
Encephalartos latifrons, young plant.

Albany Cycad Overview

The endangered Albany cycad is indigenous to the Bathurst and Albany districts of the Eastern Cape. The tall-growing cycad is characterised by 1,5 m curving foliage and a skirt of orange-brown dead leaves. Leaves are a glossy-green. The female cone is egg-shaped, 50 - 60 cm in length, and produces red seeds.

Common problems with Albany Cycad

Few, but include mealy bug and scale insects. Good drainage will prevent fungal diseases.

How to harvest Albany Cycad

Harvest seed when mature(color)

How to propagate Albany 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 Albany Cycad

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Other uses of Albany 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!