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Natal Giant Cycad Overview
This Natal Giant Cycad, Encephalartos natalensis is indigenous to KwaZulu-Natal and differs from the Eastern Cape giant cycad by having a number of prickles at the base of each leaf-stalk. Mid-green leaves are glossy and 1.3-3 m in length. Female plants produce 3-4 egg-shaped cones per crown. Cones are 50-60cm in length and produce red seeds.
Common problems with Natal Giant Cycad
Generally problem free, but scout for mealy bug and scale insects!
How to harvest Natal Giant Cycad
Harvest seed when mature and sow immideately.
How to propagate Natal Giant Cycad
Sow fertile seed while fresh in well-draining soil mixture.
Special features of Natal Giant Cycad
Other uses of Natal Giant Cycad
Grown for their palm like appearance.
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!