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Barberton Cycad Overview
The endangered Barberton cycad grows on rocky slopes in forests and dense bush. Plants may develop up to 6 stems. Glossy dark-green leaves are 1 - 2 m tall and erect. Female plants produce 1 - 5 cones per crown. Cones are egg-shaped, 35 - 50 cm in length, and produce red seeds. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Limpopo, Mpumalanga.
Common problems with Barberton Cycad
Generally problem free. Monitor for Scale Insects.
How to harvest Barberton Cycad
Harvest seed as soon as mature and they loosen from the female cone.
How to propagate Barberton Cycad
Naked seeds grow on female plants and need pollen from male plants to be fertile. Sow fresh fertile seeds in sandy soil and keep warm and moist. Germination can take 1-3 months.
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 Barberton Cycad
Huge palm-like leaves
Other uses of Barberton 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!