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Modjadji Cycad

Encephalartos transvenosus

Also known as

Broodboom (Afr.), Modjadji Broodboom, Prickly cycad, Cycad

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

13m

Max

6m

5m

Min

5m

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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

Seed

Sow fresh seed in good draining sand.

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 Modjadji Cycad

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Attracts birds

Other uses of Modjadji 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!