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Genus species

Quantity

Cost per inch

Ceratozamia latifolia

 

$59

15 gal

1

 

Ceratozamia mexicana

 

$59

5 gal        

4

 

13 gal 

1

 

15 gal, 8"                               

1

 

Ceratozamia 'Molongo'

 

$69

15 gal                                         

3

 

Ceratozamia 'Santiago Tuxla'

 

$109

15 gal, seedlings from Loran Whitelock 1998

2

 

Cycas debaoensis x revoluta

 

$89

5 gal

2

 

Cycas loei  (no discount)

 

$89/cw + $10/ch

20 gal, 6.5"cw, 10"ch, 65" tall

1

$599 flat

20 gal, 8"cw, 7"ch, 60" tall

1

$699 flat

Cycas media

 

$59

3 gal, 2"

1

 

15 gal, 5"                       

2

 

15 gal, 5.5"                       

1

 

15 gal, 5.75"                       

1

 

Cycas panzihuanensis  (no discount)

 

$79

15 gal, 5"

1

 

20 gal, 12", female, instant landscape

5

$949 flat

20 gal, 12", male, instant landscape

1

$949 flat

Cycas pectinata(no discount)

 

$89/cw + $10/ch

5 gal, 3" cw, 1.5" ch, 26" tall                 

1

 

5 gal, 3.5"                                        

1

 

20 gal, 9"cw, 10"ch, 6' tall, grown outside for 17 years

1

$899 flat

Cycas petraea (loei) (no discount)

 

$89

tall gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal, 3"

1

 

5 gal, 3.5"

1

 

5 gal, 3.5" cw, 2" ch, 26" tall

1

 

5 gal, 4"

4

 

5 gal, 4.25"

1

 

15 gal, 4.5" cw, 3" ch, 46" tall

1

 

Cycas revoluta

 

$19

15 gal, 4"-6.5"

12

 

Cycas schumanniana

 

$69

5 gal, 3"                     

2

 

Cycas sp.  (quite special, tag lost)

 

$49

5 gal                                           

2

 

Cycas taitungensis

 

$49

15 gal, 3.5"-6"

11

 

20 gal, 7"

2

 

Cycas thouarsii(no discount)

 

$39-$59/cw + $5/ch

5 gal, 1.25"

1

$39 flat

15 gal, 4"- 5"cw, 9"- 10"ch, 4' -5' tall, began 2004

56

$239 flat

15 gal, 5"cw, 12"ch, 42" tall, grown in-ground, mature

1

$349 flat

15 gal, 5"cw, 13"ch, 52" tall, grown in-ground, mature

1

$359 flat

20 gal, 5"

1

$239 flat

20 gal, 8"cw, 24"ch, 84" tall, grown in-ground, mature

1

$589 flat

Dioon califanoi  (distinctive feature, green-gray keel shaped leaves)

$129

7 gal, 5.5" + 1 pup

1

 

15 gal, 4", specimen!

1

 

15 gal, 6" + 3 pups

1

 

15 gal, 8" + 5 pups

1

 

Dioon edule 'Jacala'  (distinctive feature, very blue in hot sun)

$79

13 gal                                    

8

 

15 gal                                       

33

 

Dioon edule 'Rio Verde' (translation 'Green River', bright green)

$69

5 gal, 2"

4

 

5 gal, 2.5"

1

 

5 gal, 2.5"+2 pups

1

 

7 gal, 4"

1

 

7 gal, 6"

1

 

13 gal                                          

1

 

15 gal, 4", 1"

1

 

15 gal, 5"+1 pup

2

 

15 gal, 5", 2"

1

 

Dioon holmgrenii 

 

$79

7 gal, 4"

1

 

5 gal, 2.5"

2

 

5 gal, 3.5"

2

 

5 gal, 4"

1

 

5 gal, 4.5"

1

 

5 gal, 4.5"

1

 

5 gal, 5.5"

1

 

7 gal, 4"

1

 

13 gal, 4"               

1

 

15 gal, 3.5"               

1

 

15 gal, 4.5"

1

 

15 gal

2

 

Dioon mejiae

 

$79

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"-6.5"                         

12

 

Dioon merolae

 

$79

7 gal, 3"                                      

2

 

7 gal, 4"

2

 

7 gal, 4.5"

4

 

7 gal, 5.5"

1

 

13 gal

1

 

15 gal, 4"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"

1

 

15 gal                                    

2

 

Dioon merolae 'Golden Form' (petiole becomes orange in hot sun)

$89

13 gal            

2

 

15 gal                                          

2

 

Dioon sp. 'Palma Sola'

 

$69

13 gal

1

 

Dioon queretaro

 

$69

13 gal

1

 

Dioon rzedowskii

 

$99

13 gal

2

 

Hobby House in pumice

   

tall gal, 2"

1

 

5 gal squat, 2"

1

 

Dioon spinulosum

 

$75 flat

5 gal, 4"-5"

6

 

15 gal, 4" to 8"                      

21

 

Encephalartos aemulans  (a great selection)

 

$119

5 gal, 2"

1

 

7 gal, 3"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"

1

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7" + 1 pup

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

15 gal, 8"

1

 

15 gal, 8"

1

 

15 gal, 8.5" (m) coning

1

 

15 gal, 9"

1

 

15 gal, 11"

1

 

15 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 8"

1

 

20 gal, 8.5"

2

 

20 gal, 9"

2

 

20 gal, 9" (f)

1

 

20 gal, 9.5"

1

 

20 gal, 10", large. long caudex

2

 

20 gal, (10.5")  7.5", 3", long caudex

1

 

20 gal, 12", long caudex

1

 

20 gal, 12", long caudex

1

 

20 gal, 14", (f) coning, very large, long caudex

1

 

24" box, 16"  specimen!      

1

 

Encephalartos altensteinii

 

$99

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7", 1 pup

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

15 gal, 9"

1

 

20 gal, 10"

1

 

25 gal, 10", 1 pup

1

 

30 gal, 11"

1

 

Encephalartos arenarius blue  (extremely blue in hot sun)

 

$149

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 8" + 1 pup

1

 

15 gal, 9", new flush

1

 

15 gal, 10"

1

 

20 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 6.5", 5.5", 5", 4", 4"  (25")

1

 

30 gal, 10"

1

 

Encephalartos bubalinus  (one of the most stately cycads)

$179

15 gal, 8"

1

 

Encephalartos chimanimaniensis  (mani x chimani)

 

$139

5 gal, 3"  (from the 300 Patch, the last one)

1

 

15 gal, 8", flushing                      

1

 

Encephalartos concinnus   (seeds from Ian Turner 20 years ago)

$99

10 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7.5" new flush

1

 

20 gal, 12" new flush

1

 

Encephalartos eugene-maraisii Kransberg

 

$175

7 gal, 4" cw, 43" tall      

1

 

Encephalartos ferox

 

$59

5 gal (m)&(f), 3.5" to 5"            

23

 

15 gal, 5" + 1 pup;  6" + 3" +2.25" + 3 pups

2

 

20 gal;  7" + 1 pup

1

 

Encephalartos gratus  (grown in the ground, 150 Patch, awesome)

$69

5 gal, 2", 2"

2

 

15 gal, 4"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

20 gal, 11"

1

 

20 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 14"-16", very large!          

5

 

North of Large Shadehouse, rooting out

   

5 gal, 2.5"

1

 

Encephalartos 'Greatholzmanii'   (gratus x mani from G. Holzman)

$59

5 gal, 2"

1

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 6.5", impressive

1

 

North of Large Shadehouse, rooting out

   

5 gal, 3"

1

 
     

Encephalartos hildebrandtii

 

$69

15 gal, 8"  (from 300 Patch, competed, became tall)

1

 

Encephalartos horridus    

 

$120

Pool Area

   

5 gal, 2.5"

1

 

5 gal, 3"

1

 

5 gal, 3.5"                                            

1

 

7 gal, 2.5" + 2 pups                                            

1

 

7 gal, 4"                                            

1

 

7 gal, 5" + 1 pup                                            

1

 

7 gal, 7"                                            

1

 

7 gal, "3", 2", 2", 2", 1.5", 1.5" (12")

1

 

15 gal, 3"                                               

2

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7"+ 3 pups

1

 

15 gal, 5.5", 3.5", 3" + 1p (12")

1

 

15 gal, 5", 4", 4", 3.5, 3" (19.5")

1

 

15 gal, 5.5", 4", 4", 3", 2", 2" (20.5")

1

 

20 gal, 6" + 1 pup

1

 

20 gal, 11", beach ball form, tall leaves!

1

 

20 gal, 9", 2"  (11")

1

 

20 gal, 8", 5"  (13")

1

 

20 gal, 8.5", 8.5"  (17")

1

 

20 gal, 5", 4", 4", 3.5", 3" (19.5")

1

 

20 gal, 8", 4.5", 4.5", 2.5" (19.5")

1

 

20 gal, 6", 6", 6", 5"   (23")

1

 

20 gal, 6", 4", 4", 3.5", 3", 3" (23.5")

1

 

20 gal, 7", 6", 6", 4" (23")

1

 

20 gal, 7.5", 4", 4", 4", 3", 2"  (24.5")

1

 

20 gal, 8", 6.5", 5", 4", 3.5"  (27")

1

 

20 gal, 8", 6", 5", 4", 4", 3" +1 pup  (30")    perfect form!

1

 

24" box, 11", 9" (20")

1

 

24" box, 7", 5", 4", 4", 3", 3", 3", 2" (31")

1

 

24" box, 11", 8", 5", 4", 4", 4", 1p (36")

1

 

East of House

   

15 gal. 7", irrigation connected

1

 

West of Garage

   

7 gal, 3", 1" (4")                                

1

 

7 gal, 4.5"

1

 

15 gal, 3"

1

 

15 gal, 4.5"

1

 

15 gal, 4", 2.5"  (6.5")

1

 

15 gal, 6", 3"  (9")

1

 

15 gal, 3.5", 3", 3", 2"  (11.5")

1

 

15 gal, 5", 2", 2", 1.5", 1.5"  (12")

1

 

15 gal, 4.5", 3.5", 2.5", 2", 2"  (14.5")

1

 

West of Garage in pumice

   

7 gal, 5"

1

 

7 gal, 6"

1

 

7 gal, 7"

1

 

7 gal, 7"

1

 

20 gal, 6.5", 5", 3", 3", 2" (19.5")

1

 

20 gal, 7", 6", 5", 5", 5", 5", 4" (37")

1

 

20 gal, 9", 8", 7.5", 7", 6.5", 6", 5", 5", 4" (58")

1

 

North of Large Shadehouse rooting out

   

5 gal, 1"

1

 

5 gal, 1.75" + 2 pups

1

 

5 gal, 3"

1

 

7 gal, 5"

2

 

7 gal, 6"

2

 

Hobby House in pumice

   

tall gal, 3"

1

 

5 gal. 6"

1

 

Encephalartos kanga 'Tanzania'  (no discount)

 

$150

5 gal, 3.5", rooting out

1

$75 flat

Encephalartos kisambo

 

$79

5 gal, 2"

1

 

15 gal, 6.5" (new flush); 7";  7.5"; 8.5" 

4

 

20 gal, 6"

1

 

24" box, large 10" specimen!    

1

 

Encephalartos lanatus

 

$99

5 gal, 1.5", rooting out

1

 

5 gal, 3.5"

1

 

7 gal, 3"

1

 

7 gal, 3", 2"

1

 

Encephalartos laurentianus

 

$179

7 gal, 1.75", irrigation connected

1

 

30 gal, 8.5", beautiful new flush

1

 

Encephalartos lebomboensis

 

$89

5 gal, 6"

1

 

7 gal, 4.5"

1

 

7 gal, 5"

1

 

7 gal, 6"

2

 

15 gal, 6"

2

 

15 gal, 6.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 10"

1

 

15 gal, 7.5", 2", 1" (10.5")

1

 

20 gal, 9"

2

 

20 gal, 9.5", 4", 2"   (15.5")

1

 

Encephalartos 'Piet Retief'

 

$99

15 gal, 25+ yrs old, 8"-10"                                                       

5

 

Encephalartos lehmannii, very blue

 

$139

5 gal, 1.25"

1

 

5 gal, 2"

1

 

5 gal, 3.5"

1

 

7 gal, 1.5"

1

 

7 gal, 2.5"

1

 

7 gal, 3.5"

1

 

15 gal, 3.5", 1.5" + 1 pup (5")

1

 

15 gal, 4"                                   

1

 

15 gal, 5"                                 

1

 

15 gal, 8", 3"  (11")

1

 

Encephalartos lehmannii x longifolius

 

$99

5 gal, 3.5"

1

 

Encephalartos longifolius, blue

 

$129

7 gal, 3"

1

 

7 gal, 5" cluster

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 6"

1

 

15 gal                                       

10

 

Encephalartos longifolius, green  (very neat keel, recurved leaves)

$89

5 gal, 2"

1

 

5 gal, 3", rooting out

1

 

5 gal, 4"

1

 

15 gal

2

 

15 gal, 4"

1

 

15 gal, 6" + 1 pup

1

 

15 gal, 6", not strongly keel, large leaves

1

 

15 gal, 6", keel leaves

1

 

15 gal, 5", 2" (7")

1

 

20 gal, 8"

1

 

20 gal, 9"

2

 

Encephalartos longifolius Joubertina

 

$159

5 gal, 2"                                                            

1

 

Encephalartos manikensis

 

$79

15 gal, 3.5"          

1

 

15 gal, 4"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 6.5"

1

 

15 gal, 6.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

2

 

20 gal, 11"

1

 

Encephalartos mani x gratus  (vibrant and strong)

 

$69

20 gal

1

 

Encephalartos msinganus  (quite impressive)

 

$109

7 gal, 5.5"

1

 

15 gal, 2.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

Encephalartos natalensis

 

$79

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7"

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

20 gal, 10"

1

 

20 gal, 10"

2

 

20 gal, 10" (m)

1

 

20 gal, 10.5"                             

1

 

20 gal, 11"

2

 

20 gal, 12"

1

 

20 gal, 8.5", 4"  (12.5")

1

 

20 gal, very large, 14" cw, 13" ch

1

 

Encephalartos natalensis 'Ulerdii'

 

$89

15 gal, 6"

1

 

Encephalartos natalensis x horridus(nat-hor)

 

$89

15 gal                                         

3

 

Encephalartos natalensis x woodii

 

$89

15 gal, 8"

1

 

Encephalartos princeps(no discount)

 

$179

7 gal, 3"                                     

1

 

Encephalartos sclavoi

 

$109

5 gal, 1.75"            

1

 

20 gal, 11", a 5 gallon in 2013

1

 
     

Encephalartos senticosus

 

$69

15 gal

3

 

20 gal, 12" (m) with cones

1

 

Encephalartos transvenosus

 

$99

15 gal

4

 

30 gal, 16" with 14"-16" caudex height  Huge!

1

 

Encephalartos trans Soutpansberg

 

$119

15 gal

1

 

Encephalartos trispinosus  (very blue in hot sun)

 

$139

5 gal, 3"

1

 

5 gal, 3", 1"  (4")

1

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 3.5", 3.5"  (7")

1

 

15 gal, 5" + 2 pups, 26" tall

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"

1

 

Encephalartos trispinosus spineless (very blue in hot sun)

$149

5 gal, 4.5"

1

 

15 gal, 4.5"

1

 

15 gal, 5"

3

 

15 gal, 5"

1

 

15 gal, 5.5"

2

 

15 gal, 6"

2

 

15 gal, 6", 1" (7")

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

15 gal, 7.5"

1

 

15 gal, 4.5", 4" (8.5")

1

 

20 gal, 4.5" very large root base, will zoom!

1

 

20 gal, 7.5"

1

 

Encephalartos turneri (no discount)

 

$165

20 gal, 11", quite special with dark green hue leaflets,

1

 

the nicest green Encephalartos we have.  Dug August

   

2020, it is robust and  guaranteed!  A great choice to

   

provide contrast against your blues.

   

Encephalartos villosus

 

$79

5 gal

2

 

15 gal, 5" to 7"                         

8

 

20 gal

2

 

20 gal, 8"

1

 

Encephalartos whitelockii  (quite erect, very little splay)

 

$139

7 gal,  3"                 

1

 

7 gal,  3"                 

2

 

15 gal,  3.5"

1

 

15 gal,  6"

2

 

15 gal, 7.5"

2

 

15 gal, 8"

1

 

20 gal, 7.5"

1

 

20 gal, 9"

1

 

Hobby House in pumice

   

5 gal, 8"

1

 

Lepidozamia peroffskyana

 

$129

15 gal, 2"- 5"                            

10

 

Macrozamia communis

 

$39

5 gal, 2"-3"

8

 

15 gal, 2"-3"

6

 

15 gal, 5"-6"

2

 

Macrozamia miquelii

 

$59

tall gal

2

 

5 gal

1

 

Zamia amblyphyllidia

 

$59

5 gal (f); 3 ea 4" clumps                   

1

 

15 gal (m), 4.5"

1

 
     

Zamia 'Cayman Islands'

 

$79

5 gal (m)

1

 

Zamia floridana

 

$49

3 gal

3

 

5 gal

2

 

Zamia floridana 'curly'

 

$59

5 gal

2

 

Zamia furfuracea, inland 'Dorado' form

 

$29

5 gal, 3"

1

 

5 gal, 4" coning

20

 

Zamia furfuracea, wider leaf form

 

$39

15 gal                                       

3

 

Zamia herrerae 'Chiapas'

 

$39

5 gal, 1.5"

1

 

5 gal

3

 

Zamia herrerae 'El Salvadore'

 

$39

5 gal

1

 

Zamia inermis

 

$79

5 gal (m), 4.5"

1

 

5 gal, 3"; 3 ea 3" clumps; 5"

3

 

Zamia integrifolia

 

$49

3 gal

2

 

5 gal (f)

1

 

7 gal (m)

1

 

5 gal, very large plant

1

 

Zamia loddigesii

 

$39

5 gal, 4" to 7"                            

42

 

Zamia paucijuga

 

$49

5 gal, 4" to 6" (m)&(f)               

30

 

15 gal, 2" clump + 3" + 4"

1

 

Zamia picta

 

$49

5 gal, 6 feet tall, beautiful yellow dots     

17

 

Zamia polymorpha

 

$59

5 gal, 2.5"                                             

5

 

Zamia pumila

 

$49

5 gal (m)

2

 

5 gal (f)

3

 

Zamia sp.

 

$39

Liners

12

 

1 gal

3

 

5 gal

1

 

Zamia sp. 'Mexico'

   

tall gal, 1"

1

$29. flat

tall gal, 1.5"

1

$29. flat

tall gal, 1.5", 1.5" , 2"

1

$39. flat

tall gal

13

$29. flat

5 gal, 4"

1

$44. flat

5 gal

1

$49. flat

15 gal, dual 4.5", 5" (m)

1

$139. flat

Zamia vasquezii

 

$39

5 gal, 2.25" + 1" + 1"                  

1

 

5 gal (m), 2.5" + 2.5" clump; 2.5"; 3" 

3

 

5 gal (f), 2.5"; 3.5"; 3.5"

3

 

13 gal (f), 4"

1

 
     

Updated

3/28/2021

 

Eighteen (18) years ago, my friend, the brilliant Felix Montes, M.D. of Nayarit state in western Mexico, gave me seeds for the Zamia sp. Mexico and the Zamia paucijuga.  No other grower in southern California grew these cycads so I was interested in how they would turn out.  The Zamia paucijuga quickly attained 5 gallon size with a 4" to 6" caudex, and essentially held that size, appearing to be a dark green, stiff, narrow-leaflet combination of Zamia furfuracea and Zamia loddigesii.  The Zamia sp. Mexico simply grew stems having minimal leaflets, and were not impressive at all, very disappointing.  Felix had hiked up a nearby, moderate elevation mountain and midway saw these cycads growing, obviously many, many years old, so he knew the story.  He saw how spectacular the Zamia sp. Mexico was and was anxious to share this with fellow growers in the US.  Well, after 18 years of growth here in sunny Escondido, my Zamia sp. Mexico finally put on her prom dress and decided to be beautiful.  The photo below is exactly where it has been growing for 18 years, having 41 stems within a 12" diameter area circle.  The leaflets are naturally pale green (not due to overexposure to the sun) and I anticipate that, like a new flush turns dark with time, will become a darker green.  This pale green leaflet is soft and at least 2 months old, so it is slow to darken.  Maybe it will hold this pale green color?  Anyhow, I am so thankful to Felix for introducing me to this special cycad.            

Zamia sp. Mexico

 

 


 

Encephalartos horridus

The following describes our experience with the Encephalartos horridus at Indian Rock.  At last check our price of $120./inch is the lowest in southern California.  You may be able to find a few 5 gallons elsewhere for that price, but they will likely not be well grown; if you want fully developed, strong specimens be sure to visit us and compare.

The cost of a horridus, a blue cycad, reflects the long time for growth.  A blue cycad grows more slowly than a green cycad.  A blue cycad does poorly in coastal areas or in canopy where the light level is low: the color of the leaves will change from bright blue/silver to a dull gray, and may become susceptible to mold.  It is important to have the full arc of sunshine for horridus in order to have health and beauty.

How much time are we talking about? Here are rough numbers for typical growth in full sun.

  • from seedling to a 5 gallon size with 2" caudex, about 5 years
  • from 5 gallon size (above) to 15 gallon size with 4" to 7" caudex, about another 5 years
  • from 15 gallon size (above) to 20 gallon size with 7" to 9" 'beach ball' caudex or a multiple of smaller offsets, 4" to 6", another 5 years!  That is a long time!

When the E. horridus is grown in well-draining soil, out in the open, it grows 3 to 5 times faster than if grown in a container.  Why is that, if the container is in full sun?  Well, the mixed soil used for containers is affectionately termed "foo-foo" soil, because it is the best approximation that soil folks do to provide moisture wicking, oxygenation to the roots and needed nutrients.  Many of these mixed soil formulas contain no earth soil, just peat, sand, bark, perlite and pumice.  But outdoor earth soil is EXACTLY what this cycad needs.  In addition, the stable/uniform temperature of mother earth for the roots is nature perfect.

The horridus is a cycad that produces abundant offsets during the 10 year to later period.  You may have heard collectors ask, "Is it seed grown?"  What they are implying is that the caudex for an offset horridus may not be perfectly round, but a seed-grown one will be naturally round.  Our experience is that offsets around 6" become well rounded.  Sometimes this phrase is used to negotiate.  Keep in mind that at any later time it is possible to split a collection of offsets into smaller sized cycads, and the overall cost will not change.

Here are horridus that are the first ones ready for sale and are in 5 gallon or 7 gallon containers.  Eight (8) are seed grown, around 5 years old.  Eleven (11) are offsets split away from a larger parent being 10 to 15 years old and generally larger than the seed grown cycads; those 6" or larger have round caudexes.  Because of the smaller size of these horridus, they are the least expensive.

Encephalartos horridus, 5 gallon and 7 gallon 

 


 

Here are horridus that are 1) seed grown to about 10 years or 2) are offsets split away from a parent or is the parent of a dig operation. Eight (8) are seed grown.  Five (5) are offsets split away from a collection of offsets.  All caudexes are round.  There is absolutely no discernible difference in health or appearance of either.  This size horridus is the best value; the parent plant of this horridus will double in size or there will be a proportionate number of offsets in 4 years. 

 

Encephalartos horridus, 15 gallon 

 


 

Finally, here are horridus that became large or developed a number of large offsets.  They were dug and placed into 20 gallon containers or 24"/30" wooden boxes. This size horridus is the most desireable but most expensive  It is best directed to the discerning collector wanting a very special cycad in his/her garden.  Cycads of this level are found in commercial or public gardens.  Please see the last photo, 36" of fused offsets;  the significant feature of this size is the extremely dense head of leaves.

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 6", 5.5" + 1 pup

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 7", 5", 4"

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 7", 6", 5.5", 5", 4" + 2 pups

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 8", 6.5", 5", 4", 3.5"

 

Encephalartos horridus, 20 gal, 9.5", 6", 3.5"

 

 

Encephalartos horridus, 30 gallon, 36 diameter inches of fused caudexes, 48 inches tall above the soil line, 

Note:  This horridus is extremely healthy, vibrant and very blue.  How is this possible?  Because it was, 

  • Planted as a 5 gallon plant 18 years ago in decomposed granite, no clay, excellent drainage
  • Exposed to the full arc of very warm Escondido sun, no shade
  • Watered with very measured drip irrigation
  • Given regular, balanced water-soluble fertilization  

=>This cycad was sold.


 

Encephalartos lehmannii  This 6" cycad was grown in full Escondido sun with measured irrigation, water soluble fertiizer and was weeded and trimmed over the 14 years it was grown in the ground starting from a 3-year old plant.  The color is an amazing silver-blue, brighter than other Encephalartos blues.  It was posted in this website at 4 p.m. and was SOLD at 8 p.m.  The new owner who called in the order from his out-of-state location is thrilled.  He has an extensive cycad collection and is quite exacting in his choices.  


 

 


Encephalartos ferox, 30 gallon, 13 inch caudex, 6.5 feet tall, 3 feet wide

Here is an excellent example of an Encephalartos that prefers dappled light, the Encephalartos ferox.  Other Encephalartos having similar sunlight restrictions would be the hildebrandtii, laurentianus and villosus.  Many 5 gallon E. ferox' are available.

The ferox can take an enormous amount of time to become tall like this example.  Stick this cycad in a heavily shaded spot, like beneath an avocado tree and you will see little in 5 years, knee-high in 10 years and maybe waist high in 15 years.  How do you speed this process up?  Always plant in the ground for growth is 3 to 5 times that of cycads grown in containers.

  • Plant in coastal sun with no overhead trees or shade.  Unfortunately a Santa Ana may do damage.
  • Plant in inland sun on the east side of a house or structure.  When the sun breaks over this structure towards the west, the light level on the east side will lower and be satisfactory.  Experiment with the ferox in a container for several months; water well to insure the plant can draw up water during this experiment.  If this ferox does not yellow or turn lime-green, this is a satisfactory location.
  • Plant in inland sun under 30% shadecloth.  This material has to be special ordered and is ugly, not acceptable as a permanent solution.
  • Plant in inland sun beneath Queen palms that are arranged with about 16 feet separation.  The sunlight will shine through openings.  As the earth turns this sunlight will "move" across the leaves and not burn.  This is exactly what the ferox wants--a bite of sun but no more.  Similarly, plant beneath Schizlobium parahybum trees spaced around 14 feet. 
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