cycadian rhythm

Uuuum… Would anybody have advice on the following?

I need to purchase a juvenile (legal/licensed!) cycad in the Cape Town area, before mid-November. It’s going to be potted in a large Grecian urn.

Can’t pay millions but am against stealing one from the gardens. Must be a legally adopted one.


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5 Responses to cycadian rhythm

  1. Elephant's Eye September 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    Have you asked at the nursery at Kirstenbosch?

  2. khalid October 1, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    cycads do grow quite big. i am wondering how big the urn is.
    encephalatos villosus grows quite rapidly on the east is common and cheap.
    stangeria eriopsis(is that name the right way about) is more like a fern, smaller sized ,rarer and is from forest margin areas in stanger and balito world.
    much luck.

  3. shaggy October 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    You can buy cycads from most big nurseries, Kirstenbosch should have them. Obviously the older they are the more expensive they will be.

    They can grow big, but do take a long time to do so.

    If you have patience (read: years) you can try growing your own from seed Encephalatos ferox is an easy one to grow from seed.

    Stangeria eriopsis is indeed a really unique cycad, and is unlike the Encephalatos species.

    Cycas species, while not true cycads, are more commonly available (and cheaper I think) and they do look similar.

  4. Gareth Pike October 2, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks to all you cycad experts! Dont think I have the patience to grow one from seed. May as well get a redwood bonsai…

    Happy gardening weekend. I believe KZN is very dry. No doubt we in the Cape will have a dry summer too. it’s gusting about 45km/h today, so not very amenable to pottering in the garden, but still.

    Mol-D — congratulations on your engagement! Happinesses.

  5. Niall October 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    Hey Gareth … you can buy them from the herbalist market in durban, not sure if they are legal though!

    And yeah, congrats to Mol-d and Kim, x

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