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Barberton Cycad

Encephalartos paucidentatus

Full Sun
Advanced care
Frequent watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

7m

Max

7m

2m

Min

3m

Barberton Cycad Overview

The endangered Barberton cycad grows on rocky slopes in forests and dense bush. Plants may develop up to 6 stems. Glossy dark-green leaves are 1 - 2 m tall and erect. Female plants produce 1 - 5 cones per crown. Cones are egg-shaped, 35 - 50 cm in length, and produce red seeds.

Common problems with Barberton Cycad

Generally problem free. Monitor for Scale Insects.

How to harvest Barberton Cycad

Harvest seed as soon as mature and they loosen from the female cone.

How to propagate Barberton 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 Barberton Cycad

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Attractive leaves

Huge palm-like leaves

Other uses of Barberton 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!