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Umbeluzi Cycad

Encephalartos umbeluziensis

Also known as

Umbeluzi Broodboom, Broodboom (Afr.)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

2m

1m

Min

1m

Umbeluzi Cycad Overview

Encephalartos umbeluziensis is commonly known as the Umbeluzi Cycad. It is a dwarf species indigenous to north-eastern Swaziland. It forms a subterranean stem and glossy dark-green leaves. Female plants tend to produce a single green cone, 25-30cm in length. Cones may become dark orange when they break open. Seeds are yellow to light brown. This is a common feature plant.

Common problems with Umbeluzi Cycad

How to harvest Umbeluzi Cycad

Harvest seed when they are mature and start to loosen from the cone.

How to propagate Umbeluzi Cycad

Seed

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.

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 Umbeluzi Cycad

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Drought resistant

Attracts birds

Other uses of Umbeluzi 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!

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