Encephalartos latifrons, 10.5" caudex width, 5” caudex height, 25 leaves, 20 gallon. $8000.
=>This was the most magnificent cycad we have ever had at Indian Rock. It was SOLD!
- Provenance: This cycad began with Dick Johnson, renown cycad collector, obtained from him as a 1" caudex (probably 5 years old then). Grown in Redlands in loam soil for 23 years, with 95° F average summer temperature, 26° F in the winter, occasionally 22° F. Absolutely unfazed by cold.
- Dug May 2021, no roots were harmed, placed directly into Graeme Fairlie soil, completely hooked up and robust within 6 months.
- The E. latifrons is ranked in the top 3 of all cycads, the hirsutus, heenanii and latifrons.
What the buyer said:
The buyer, already owning 4 latifrons which grow so very slowly, recognized that the value of this 10.5" latifrons was $10,500. and was motivated by its selling price of $8000, He gave us his reasons for buying it (and there is nothing better than hearing this message from a buyer). He said that the story with the latifrons is always the same,
- larger ones, like 8” and larger, are never sold, one cannot get the person to let it go
- smaller ones are available but they are overpriced
Encephalartos arenarius blue, 12" JUL2020 $1788. It was SOLD! This cycad has been on display as part of our Personal Collection for over 15 years.
Provenance: In 2003, a fellow cycad collector who was employed by the San Diego Zoo his entire career had a large female Encephalartos arenarius at his home in the west side of Escondido with a 2’ tall cone. He invited me to pollinate this cycad. Pollen was obtained from Maurice Levin, A & A Cycads and this cycad was pollinated. 200 viable seeds were obtained and 100 were given to Levin in exchange for the pollen he provided. This process from pollination to having germinated seeds took about 18 months. In 2007 these cycads were about 3 gallon size and planted in the ground in the 150 Patch. These Encephalartos arenarius are true species based on the experience of my cycad collector friend and Maurice Levin, a licensed dealer.
=>Please note that we have just 2 more of these left (in 15 gallon containers), 1 on display on the east side of our house (Personal Collection) and 3 more in-the-ground (In-Ground150 Patch). After that it takes 20 years to replicate what is available now. Good luck finding an arenarius blue of this age, size and cost anywhere! Every serious cycad garden should have a very blue cycad to contrast against the green cycads. This is it.