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ABOUT US

Cape Cycads is nestled within the pristine natural forests of the south-western corner of Western Australia.

Although specializing in the Encephalartos species of cycad, Cape Cycads grows and propagates a wide variety of other species in the genus including Cycas, Zamia, Dioon, Ceratozamia and Microcycas.

Nothing but pure rainwater is used to irrigate all plants in the nursery. The absence of chlorine, CA-ions and MG-ions as well as other additives that are found in scheme water and the presence of NO3-ions found in rainwater assist our plants to achieve strong growth and reproduce regularly.

Most nurseries that grow cycads are located in tropical or sub-tropical locations. A great many cycads are not native to these climates and modify their growing habits as a result. Cape Cycads is located in a true Mediterranean temperate climate that is matched to their native growing conditions.

High quality composts are sourced and used to not only minimize water use but to provide each plant with high quality nutrients. The correct mix is blended to ensure the correct nutrients are available at all times during the growing season.

The Indian Ocean provides a fitting background for these incredible plants. Not only do the plants provide natural beauty but they are growing in natural beauty.

Constant and careful attention is paid to the growth of these amazing plants. Liquid, organic fertilizers are regularly applied to ensure required nutrients are delivered when required.

Cycads are water-wise and are ideal for xerophytic plantings. Once established, they are drought hardy.

Cycads......a great investment.

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Encephalartos nubimontanus cone #2 dehiscing in the nursery ... See MoreSee Less

Encephalartos nubimontanus cone #2 dehiscing in the nursery
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Encephalartos nubimontanus cone #1 dehiscing in the nursery. ... See MoreSee Less

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Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi cones starting to flush in the nursery. Amazing symmetry 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi cones starting to flush in the nursery. Amazing symmetry 😊Image attachmentImage attachment

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Bloody hell I love nature

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One of Cape Cycads’ favourite Encephalartos shining bright on a sunny winter’s day. 👍 ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking beautiful mate!

Thanks Ben. Super nice hybrid.

Pragtig

Lehnamnni

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Encephalartos lebomboensis cone dehiscing ... See MoreSee Less

Encephalartos lebomboensis cone dehiscing
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Encephalartos latifrons male cone just about ready to shed pollen 🙏🙏🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

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Encephalartos horridus female cone nearly ready for some pollen 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

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Encephalartos aemulans getting some sweet, sweet lovin’ ... See MoreSee Less

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Encephalartos sclavoi pollinated cone with new leaf flush 👍 ... See MoreSee Less

Encephalartos sclavoi pollinated cone with new leaf flush 👍
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E. Natalensis female cones ... See MoreSee Less

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Should be a magic cross. One of the most beautiful plants in LotusLand - Encephalartos horridus x longifolius. ... See MoreSee Less

Should be a magic cross. One of the most beautiful plants in LotusLand - Encephalartos horridus x longifolius.
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Something you don’t see everyday.......E. Nubimontanus ‘Robusta’ with a nice sucker 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

Something you don’t see everyday.......E. Nubimontanus ‘Robusta’ with a nice sucker 😀Image attachmentImage attachment
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E. Middelburgensis enjoying the Autumn sun In West Oz 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

E. Middelburgensis enjoying the Autumn sun In West Oz 😀
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E. Trispinosus seedlings getting ready 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

E. Trispinosus seedlings getting ready 😀
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Encephalartos mound ... See MoreSee Less

Encephalartos mound
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E. Cerinus x lehmannii cross ... See MoreSee Less

E. Cerinus x lehmannii cross
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E. Horridus dwarf ... See MoreSee Less

E. Horridus dwarf
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Female horridus cone. ... See MoreSee Less

Female horridus cone.

CYCADS

Cycads are a small group of plants with many unique features, an ancient origin and a very long history. Although once abundant across the globe, cycads are now greatly reduced in both numbers and distribution. Cycads have approximately 250 species, with 11 genera in 3 families. These genera include Bowenia, Ceratozamia, Chigua, Cycas, Dioon, Encephalartos, Lepidozamia, Macrozamia, , Microcycas , Stangeria and Zamia. Cycads come from tropical, subtropical mediterranean climates, with each genus having a restricted geographical range.

Cycads resemble palms or tree-ferns in overall appearance as many have large divided leaves. These amazing plants differ greatly in almost all aspects of detailed structure and reproduction. Cycads are dioecious meaning having the male and female reproductive organs are borne on separate individuals and reproduction is by seeds.

CYCAD CARE

WATER

Cycads love water. They do not like water that sits around their roots.

SOIL

Free-draining - sand, loam, perlite and compost.

CYCAD CARE

SUN

Some cycads need full sun, others part shade and full shade. Ask us.

FERTLIZER

Cycads enjoy liquid fertilizer often, as well as seaweed and worm wee tonics.

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