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Coontie palm in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Zamia pumila

 

Coontie palm

Coontie palm forms a 1m tall, medium-green ground cover. Coontie are rarely used in this manner because of the high cost of plants, but it is well worth the effort. This plant should be used more in the landscape.Many are grown as indoor plants, but benefit from spending time outdoors in warmer, frost-free months.

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plant Features
  • Coontie palm likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Coontie palm likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Coontie palm is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Coontie palm likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Coontie palm

Latin name

Zamia pumila

type

Cycad

family

Zamiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Coontie palm likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Coontie palm is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Coontie palm likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Coontie palm likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Coontie palm is 1.50meters x 1.50meters 1.50 M 1.50 M

Zamia pumila

Coontie palm forms a 1m tall, medium-green ground cover. Coontie are rarely used in this manner because of the high cost of plants, but it is well worth the effort. This plant should be used more in the landscape.Many are grown as indoor plants, but benefit from spending time outdoors in warmer, frost-free months.


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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