Grow Cycad seeds

Cycads are often considered to be living fossils having evolved more than 110 million years ago and are characterized by a stout and woody trunk with a crown of large, hard and stiff, evergreen leaves.

In temperate regions they can be grown as houseplants, or even outside in the garden in mild climates.

Cycad seeds
They will even survive outside in the southernmost parts of England so long as you can provide a warm, sheltered position and adequate frost protection. They will even tolerate several degrees of frost but not without clear signs of damage on the foliage. To be safe I would always advise to overwinter under frost free protection.

Sow Cycad seeds in 4 inch pots containing a good quality compost such as John Innes 'Seed and Cutting'. The seed should only have the slightest covering of compost or vermiculite as they require light to help initiate germination.

Water in and allow the excess to drain away before putting in a heated propagator at a temperature of between 20-25 degrees Celsius.

Alternatively seal inside a clear polythene bag and place on a warm bright windowsill but one that does not receive direct sunlight.

It can take 1-3 months for the seeds to germinate, over this period keep the compost moist but not over wet.

Once the seedlings emerge remove from the propagator or bag, watering and potting on as necessary.

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