Cycas - Cycadaceae - How to care for and grow Cycas plants

Cycas - Cycadaceae - How to care for and grow Cycas plants

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Dear editorial staff of Elicriso, I am writing this email because I have for some time entered the "tunnel" of the Cycas, and I have launched into various experiments to make them terminate.

I have read the page of your beautiful site about them and I have noticed that you are interested in the photos of their germination.
I think for this reason that you may be interested in a method that I have adopted (and of which I have not been able to find much information on the internet), and which allowed me to germinate them in just three weeks (planted on 7 January 2013, at the end of the month they were already sprouted 3 rootlets, on 5 planted seeds, and for the other 2 I trust they will germinate soon). I attach photos of the 5 seeds.

I don't know if it was chance, luck, or goodness of the method, but from this first experiment the technique seems to be quite promising.
In reality, the method is quite simple and rudimentary: I took a nutcracker, shelled the seeds delicately so as not to damage the internal berry, and placed the latter in moist cotton wool, contained in two overlapping plastic plates, the upper one with large holes, to facilitate the evaporation of water, and try to avoid molds. Inside the house, at 20 ° C, in the room where I put the clothes to dry, with the dehumidifier almost always running (so I imagine that the environment went from very humid to very dry). Then, I forgot the seeds for three weeks ... I found them almost totally dry, but with three little surprises! Those that floated before being shelled, have rotted.

Those that sank, (which had a much more beautiful and clear appearance from the beginning) have remained perfect and clear, and some, as already mentioned, have already germinated. Virtually all the seeds, whether floating or sinking, “rang: the baccainterna was detached from the external shell, and therefore it moved, playing precisely.

I am almost certain that all the seeds, although some floated, were fertilized, but some too old and attacked by mold and rot. I say this because I personally collected the drupes, from my girlfriend's garden in Palermo, which houses, a few meters from each other, four specimens of Cycas of about twenty years old, including a male. I therefore have no doubts about pollination, also because the seeds, despite floating, were not empty, but the internal berry was partially blackened or moldy. I guess they were therefore only old, because for this sowing attempt I had also taken the seeds directly from the ground, so in all probability they were several years old.

Returning to the technique used, I imagine that having shelled them makes them more easily attackable by external agents, but for now I intend to keep them inside the house, at least until they have emitted the first leaf. Today I removed the three semi-germinates from the cotton, and planted them in peat and perlite.

Hoping to have done something pleasant.

Gardening amateur, fond of experiments

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