Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

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Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by fieldfest » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:07 am

http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/gardening/th ... 46635.aspx

"Our plants have been outside since 2008 on an extremely well-drained and protected site, and have grown well, the growth spurts luckily avoiding winter.

"While taking a group of visitors around several days ago, I noticed one has produced a flower, a male cone. I have never seen this out of doors. To my mind, it is a first in the UK.

"But, unfortunately, we will not see any seed as no female cones are present on any of our other plants."

So, if this is not unique and any of you out there have a flowering female, get straight on the phone to me.


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Re: Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by Nathan » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:55 am

For such an achievement in the UK why does the article have no pic?!?
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Re: Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by fieldfest » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:10 pm

i would go take one but you have to pay entry to get in there now icon_rambo


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Re: Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by GREVILLE » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:50 pm

My cycad was covered in flowers earlier this year. The Acacia pravissima above it dropped its load on the plant last March :lol:

I shouldn't think mine will ever flower. I sometimes wait three years before a flush of leaves open. The roots of the Acacia no doubt see to that.


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Re: Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:13 pm

Nathan wrote:For such an achievement in the UK why does the article have no pic?!?
I posted a photo of fb I will repost later.


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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:30 pm

Here you go.
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Re: Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by Conifers » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:46 pm

Just don't read the column of crаp on the right!


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Re: Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by flounder » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:11 am

Thats your fault coni! :shock:
If you hadn't said anything, I wouldn't have read it :lol:
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Re: Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by Nathan » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:23 pm

Thanks for the pic, but if the cycad was only planted 4 years ago it must have already been a decent size? So would be a bit like me planting a mature Washingtonia in my garden then a couple of years later claiming I have the first ever flowering one in the UK :lol: But yes I suppose it still is a noteworthy event as have not heard of one at any size flowering outside before...
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Re: Cycad flowering outdoors in the UK

Post by fieldfest » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:32 pm

they're fairly large, heres a pic i took of one in 2011

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