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Growing Cycads and Succulents in Pots

  
  
  
  
Aloe plicatilis in Cape Town, South Africa

Today, I received an email from a new customer asking about how our plants might do on her (enclosed) patio in pots.  After giving her some advice, I thought, why not talk a little about how cycads, succulents, and other drought-resistant plants do well in pots? 

How to Re-Establish Cycads, by Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden--A&A Cycads

  
  
  
  
Ceratozamia re establishing Perlite resized 600

How to Re-Establish Cycads

When you receive a cycad in the mail, we want you to be able to re-establish it successfully. Preserving the endangered species in your garden is just as important to us as it is to you!

Here are some basic instructions to follow when you receive a plant shipment from us:
 
 
Re-Establishing Cycads

1. Check for any damaged or broken roots. Trim away and clean damaged areas

2. Dip in a solution that includes a fungicide/bactericide. If you have a fungicide that has rooting hormone in it, that is even better.

3. Pot the plant in pure coarse perlite until it is re-established. Make sure that at least 75% of the caudex (trunk) is planted below the soil line. Smaller plants should be planted even lower. Once the plant has re-established, you can re-pot in a soil mix, or use the alternative we recommend in step 5 below.

4. Re-water 2 or 3 times the first week, restricting watering thereafter.Do not allow water to gather in a tray below the pot. Cycads do not like to soak in their drainage water

5. Wait to re-pot until the roots have re-established, usually within 3-9 months. We recommend a mix consisting of 1/4 washed coarse silica sand, 1/4 pumice and 1/4 perlite, and only 1/4 organic material, which we recommend be composted forest humus, not peat moss. Fill the bottom 1-2 inches of the pot with gravel, to improve drainage. Water in well to ensure the roots adhere to the planting medium. Alternatively, we have found that less root damage occurs if you simply replace the top 3-6 inches of perlite with the potting soil mix, which will blend with the perlite below over time, instead of repotting the entire plant.

I wish for you the best possible growing experience with your new cycad!

Maurice Levin
Jurassic Garden -- A&A Cycads
















Transplanting, Re-Establishing Aloes and Succulent Plants, by Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden

  
  
  
  
Aloe marlothii Young Plant (Large) resized 600

Cooler weather in the fall, winter and spring presents an opportunity to transplant Aloes and other succulent plants.  Here are some tips for either transplanting an Aloe or Succulent, or for re-establishing a plant you receive via mail order*:

Cold Tolerant Cycads, A Brief Review, by Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden

  
  
  
  
Cycas panzhihuaensis

Cold Tolerant Cycads and other Cold-Hardy Drought-Resistant Plants are highly sought after by enthusiasts who live outside the “Sun Belt”.

 

Cycad Care Notebook, by Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden -- Part 1: Sun vs. Shade, Arid vs. Humid, Coastal vs. Inland

  
  
  
  
A Full-Sun Cycad: Encephalartos middelburgensis

Finding Your Perfect Cycad, by Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden

Part 1: Sun vs. Shade, Arid vs. Humid, Coastal vs. Inland

Cycads are drought-resistant living sculpture plants that combine rarity, intriguing looks and an interesting story. So, people like to include cycad plants in a landscape, and cycads can be a part of a variety of garden designs. In trying to find the right cycad, the landscaper or garden enthusiast needs to take a number of factors into account. This brief article addresses the question of sun vs. shade.

What is a Cycad, and Why Does Growing a Cycad Matter? by Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden

  
  
  
  
A Healthy Cycad in California

What are Cycads, and Why Grow a Cycad?

By Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden

 

How to Plant Your Cycad, by Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden -- A&A Cycads

  
  
  
  
Dioon mejiae Cycad Plant

How to Plant Your Cycad

Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden -- A&A Cycads

 

It’s not a Fern… It’s not a Palm… It’s a Cycad! By Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden

  
  
  
  
Encephalartos natalensis -- The Natal Giant Cycad

It’s not a Fern… It’s not a Palm… It’s a Cycad!

Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden -- A&A Cycads

How to Fertilize Cycads, Part 2

  
  
  
  
Cycads and Aloes - Drought-Resistant Plants

How to Fertilize Cycads, Part 2

The first part of this article discussed the problems that alkaline (high pH) soil and water present for growing cycads and other plants. In this concluding portion, we'll address the specific nutritional needs of cycads, and how to solve the problem of alkaline soils and waters, while feeding your soil to grow healthy cycads and other drought-resistant plants.

How to Fertilize Cycads, Part 1

  
  
  
  
Soil Nutrients for Cycads

How to Fertilize Cycads, Part 1

Cycads have become increasingly popular garden plants in recent years. In addition to the more common Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta), rarer species of Cycas, and cycads like Encephalartos and Dioon are finding their way into upscale landscapes. Cycads’ increased popularity is due to several factors, including their distinctive look, their drought-tolerance, the intrigue of owning a “living fossil”, and that when given proper care, cycads are stunning landscape features. This article addresses the last factor, proper care, specifically how fertilizing can promote healthy and attractive cycad growth.

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