Also known as
Zululand Cycad, Cycad
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Maputaland Cycad Overview
The Zululand cycad is endemic to the sub-tropical East coast of Southern Africa. Leaves are dark-green and 1 - 2 m in length. Cones are bright salmon-pink to orange-red and scarlet. Female plants sometimes produce golden-yellow cones. Female cones are egg-shaped, 25 - 50 cm in length and produce red to pink or orange seeds.
Common problems with Maputaland Cycad
Generally problem free. Monitor for Scale Insects.
How to harvest Maputaland Cycad
Harvest seed when mature and sow immediately.
How to propagate Maputaland Cycad
Sow mature seed immediately in sandy soil that drains well.
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 Maputaland Cycad
Other uses of Maputaland 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!