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Cardboard Cycad in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Zamia furfuracea

 

Cardboard Cycad

Cycads are one of the most primitive living plants and they are a popular ornamental. It forms a trunk, topped with feathery leaves. Often called "living fossils", Cycads have changed very little in the last 200 million years. Many are grown as indoor plants, but benefit from spending time outdoors in warmer, frost-free months. The Cardboard Palm, a native of Mexico, appears similar to a palm, with a short trunk with scars where previous leaves grew, and leaves up to 1.5 mtrs. long sprouting out in a cascade from the trunk

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plant Features
  • Cardboard Cycad likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Cardboard Cycad likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Cardboard Cycad is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Cardboard Cycad likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Cardboard Cycad

Latin name

Zamia furfuracea

type

Cycad

family

Zamiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Cardboard Cycad likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Cardboard Cycad is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Cardboard Cycad likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Cardboard Cycad likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Cardboard Cycad is 1.50meters x 1.50meters 1.50 M 1.50 M

Zamia furfuracea

Cycads are one of the most primitive living plants and they are a popular ornamental. It forms a trunk, topped with feathery leaves. Often called "living fossils", Cycads have changed very little in the last 200 million years. Many are grown as indoor plants, but benefit from spending time outdoors in warmer, frost-free months. The Cardboard Palm, a native of Mexico, appears similar to a palm, with a short trunk with scars where previous leaves grew, and leaves up to 1.5 mtrs. long sprouting out in a cascade from the trunk


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Cycads will grow in most types of soil, as long as t is free-draining. For growing in containers, any general purpose mixed with John Innes No. 3 and some slow-release fertiliser would be ideal. In mild regions it is possible to grow some cycads outdoors. Temperatures below -5C will damage the leaves, so wrap the plant well, or bring it indoors if that is a risk.

 

Propagating

From Late Spring TO Early Autumn

Cycads produce off-sets that can be cut from the parent plant, using a sterile knife.Cut where it meets the parent plant, and use a fungicide powder on the parent plant where the cut was made. Soak the "pup" for 30 minutes in a fungicide, then in a rooting stimulant for a similar length of time. then plant in clean pumice or scoria. It can take 6-10 months for the new plant to become established

 
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