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Cycas revoluta - with a lovely new flush of leaves.

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By Bernieh


Cycas revoluta - with a lovely new flush of leaves. (Cycas revoluta)

This flush of new leaves is called a 'break'.



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Gosh, what an unusual looking thing :)

30 Aug, 2009

 

This is the swirl of new leaves at the crown of the plant - I love watching it as it unfurls.

30 Aug, 2009

 

Would you take more pictures at its other stages too please ? :))

30 Aug, 2009

 

Certainly can ... I'm hoping it flowers again this year as well. It did last year but I didn't get a shot! It's an interesting bloom - absolutely stinks when it's passing over though!

30 Aug, 2009

 

Would be interested to see this as it develops. Have tried to keep these as pot plants with varying success. Aren't they one of the oldest plants in existence - and I believe there is a HUGE one in the glass house at Kew! Which is millions of years old... alright probably a slight exaggeration!

30 Aug, 2009

 

Antigone - having googled these I found out they are one of the most primitive living seed plants and are often called 'living fossils'. Apparently they're related to cone bearing plants which trace their origins back to the ancient flora of the early Mesozoic era.

I think to get these to grow successfully in pots, they need very deep pots, they prefer to be dry and must have bright light. They are very slow growing - I have two of them growing around my courtyard and they are about 15 years old now.

30 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks for the information - they are expensive to buy over here, but I intend to have another go. My partner spends quite a bit of time in SWTurkey and they grow well there, I think sometimes we just don't have the warmth required!

30 Aug, 2009

 

so amazing to see the new growth....look forward to the up dates bernieh

30 Aug, 2009

 

I've seen these growing in the wild in South Africa. There are male and females - you need both to get the cones

30 Aug, 2009

 

Great Photo Bernieh

30 Aug, 2009

 

It does't quite look real. I saw a programme about the one in Kew and if I remember correctly they said it stunk something awfull after flowering. Hope it's not too near the house Bernieh.

30 Aug, 2009

 

Homebird - would you believe both my cycas are out in the courtyard close to the house and yes there's a stink when the flower starts to wilt and die!! It's not too bad though - it's just that we have to walk past them both when we leave the house.

30 Aug, 2009

 

You're so lucky to have all these exotic plants. But I'm sure there has been a lot of hard work going on to get to this state!

31 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks Oldgunner - it's true for all gardeners. There's a lot of work that goes into making sure our plants flourish. These two beauties take care of themselves now - the only thing they get from me now is watering!

31 Aug, 2009

 

Marvellous, Bernieh! Paleobotany!! I'm sure there are specimens growing in the greenhouses of our Botanical Gardens...I've never been fortunate enough to see one though.... lots' of pics here on goY of them growing in UK gardens... with lots of special care and careful handling! Terrific picture!

7 Sep, 2009

 

Lori - no careful handling or care for the ones I have. They're well established and look after themselves now. Just down the road from my house is a wholesale Cycad nursery - it's huge and sells cycas revoluta and others to landscaping companies. I have to drive past it every day and see literally hundreds and hundreds of these in various stages of growth!

7 Sep, 2009

 

Lol.... I really have to make it down under one of these years...sounds a wonderful place.

9 Sep, 2009

 

If you ever do Lori, make sure Canberra Botanic Gardens is on your list of places to visit - it's full of Australian native plants

9 Sep, 2009



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