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A picture of a Mulanje Cycad

Mulanje Cycad

Encephalartos gratus

Also known as

Malawi Cycad , Broodboom (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3.5m

Max

3m

2m

Min

2m

Overview

This cycad is indigenous to the Mulanje Mountains in the south-eastern parts of Malawi. It grows in rocky ravines and on the fringes of riverine forests. Female plants produce 2 - 5 cones. Cones are cylindrical, 62 - 65 cm in length, pink-brown in colour and are covered in fine red-brown hairs. Seeds are dark pink to red in colour.

Common problems

Generally problem free.

    Harvesting

    Harvest seed as soon as mature and starting to loosen from the cone.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Sow mature fresh seed in sandy soil.

    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

    Pot plant

    Indoor plant

    Drought resistant

    Attractive leaves

    Uses

    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!