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  1. TheWaterboy

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    thought id share some pics for those who collect cycads.....
    visited my favourite cycad supplier on a plot over the weekend.....was a hell of a drive but as it is every year.....it was worth the drive

    planting tommorrow....:thumbup:


    below.....encepharlatos woodii
    world rarest cycad.........there are no living male plants!
    the last living one died at the pretoria botanical gardens years back

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    my son and niece enjoying the temp controlled nursery
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    endangered encepharlatos inopinus
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    loaded and awaiting our permits before we could hit the road
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    Where is this nursery?
     
  4. mariusmeyer

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    I love cycads. What was the prices on the inopinu? Battle to find them up here. Is that a transvenosus right at the back of the bakkie?
     
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    nursery / distribution is in brits.....the farm is in hoetspruit!

    nope not a transvenousis.

    its a kisambo

    i also bought sclavoi, hilderbrandti, lanatus, laurentianus, piet retief, eugene marais etc etc


    the prices are hectic but quality is awesome

    last year i paid R2000 for a nice big priceps......two weeks after i transplanted it, it made 18 new leaves.........now worth about R6000


    inopinus have become rare so plants range from R5000 to about R25000 for what you see in the pics

    i saw a woodii at exclusive cycads in zambesi for R225000.00......yip a quater of a million

    inopinus seedlings are R 500


    i bought these plants from a top guy......steve trollip......his big mate is douglas goode who writes em cycad books ie cycads of africa...............i think he and steve are busy with a massive cycad garden in hoetspruit at the moment and have recently discovered a few new species not yet documented in any books...........i will be visiting them in september up there if all goes well
     
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    Marco for the uninformed can you please tell me why these plants are soo expensive?
     
  7. AndrévN

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    There is a guy DR Rudi in South Broom on the south coast he also has a big lot around his house where he sells his cycads. Also does the rare ones, i think you should make a turn at his place also does garden layouts with them for the rich. He has a doctors practice in margate where you can see him LOL.
     
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    They are expensive because they are awesome!.

    Just kidding... Cycads are like living fossils dude. They grow very slowly. Some only grow at a rate of 10mm per year. So that means a cycad with a 3m tall stem is around 300 years old. Not all grow this slow but most do. They are on the endangered list and you are not allowed to remove them from nature. A single specie might only be located on a single mountain so distribution is very limited. You can only buy cycads that were cultivated or from other private collectors. So it not like coral where you have guys taking it out of nature and selling to the hobbyists. And like the Woodii, there is only a handful of them in the world, so that is why they are so expensive.
     
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    thanks bru
     
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    they also low maintanance and look cool:razz:
     
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    WOW Marco! I LOVE cycads! I don't have a CLUE what I have in my garden - I have 3 of them! ;) Still small though!
     
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    huge cycad auction

    hey all who love cycads......
    i was at a massive cycad sale and auction at my friends nursery (steve trollip)

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    i won the above one on auction and front one below:yeahdude:
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    real good stuff next
     
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    take a look at this
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    okay it did not sell, but a smallar one of the same specie (latifrons) did...check it below on the trolley.......
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    loading to go back to pretoria from brits...before we could get them on the truck to come down to durban.we had to make 2 trips
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    That inopinus is a beaut.
     
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    I have a big one that looks like this...must take a pic and send it to you
     
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    ok here I was planning a overseas holiday with the loot I was going to sell my cycad for and I just found out its a Encephalartos natalensis :(
     
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    yip, was the plant of the day along with a big ....i mean big...princeps

    inopinus went for R 14000.00
     
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    LOL.......YEAH NATS ARE WORTH shit....LOL:razz:

    I THINK YOU HAVE A FERROX as they look similar NOT A NAT.....unfortunatly they worth shit too.....lol
     
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    Are small platnt/seeds readily available - I have always had a plan to start a cycad garden...?
     
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    its not a ferrox as its grows up quite high - its a clone from my fathers which must be a good 1-1.5m tall already. Maybe when he goes on holiday I will dig it up :p
     
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    If you plant the small seedlings now, then your grandchildrens' grandchildren will have your nice cycad garden. These things are worse than slow growing corals. If you want something to look at then you need to spend the bucks on a biggish one worth looking at. Looking at seedlings is like looking at a 1cm frag.
     
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