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Identifying a Cycad
Posted by Ken-Charlotte on 8/5/2017, 2:39 pm
This spring, a Charlotte nursery was selling "Dwarf Sagos" at "half price". They were obviously not Sagos, but were a Cycad of some ilk. The nurseryman was clueless about the species. I bought one and planted it in May. Since then, it has been enjoying the summer and about 10 days ago, I noticed a white "ball" in the crown, about the size of an egg.
I have seen Dioone Edule heretofore, and this plant looks a good bit like that with the stiff, "radar" frond look. It has 10 fronds of about 18" in length. A pale green compared to the dark green of a Sago.
I have tried for an hour to use Photobucket and/or TinyPic to upload photos to show y'all the images to no avail. A picture is worth a thousand words.
My main reason for inquiring is to ascertain rough cold-hardiness for my Charlotte habitat. I think D. Edule is roughly comparable to Sago's 15 degrees F. hardiness. Any advice is welcomed, as come December I'll have to decide whether to dig out the plant for indoor winter storage OR cover periodically when cold weather hits. Thanks!
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