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Grahamstown Cycad Overview
This Dwarf cycad is indigenous to grassveld habitats of the Eastern Cape coastal districts. It has a subterranean stem with only the apex of the crown visible. Leaves are olive-green and 40 - 90 cm in length. Female cones are cylindrical, lime-green, 30 cm in length and produce red seeds.
Common problems with Grahamstown Cycad
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Grahamstown Cycad
Harvest seed when mature and starting to loosen from the cone.
How to propagate Grahamstown Cycad
Sow fresh mature seed in sandy soil.
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 Grahamstown Cycad
Other uses of Grahamstown 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!