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Modjadji Cycad Overview
The Modjadji cycad is the largest cycad in southern Africa. Stem crowns are covered in golden brown wool and produce glossy olive-green leaves. Female cones are golden-yellow, oval, 50 - 80 cm in length, and can weigh up to 36 kg. Seeds can be red or yellow. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Limpopo.
Common problems with Modjadji Cycad
Generally problem free. Monitor for Scale insects and do not overwater!
How to harvest Modjadji Cycad
Harvest seed when mature and starting to loosen from the cone. Sow immediately.
How to propagate Modjadji Cycad
Sow fresh seed in good draining sand.
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 Modjadji Cycad
Other uses of Modjadji 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!