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Re: Ceratozamia kuesteriana flush
Many Ceratozamias do well in Augusta, GA. They prefer semi-shade under high pines, but I have a few that are growing in mostly shade under palms. The cycads don't seem to mind the dryness and the overhead protection keeps frost off of the leaves during the winter. I am growing Ceratozamia microstrobila, kuesteriana and latifolia. I got the seeds from Tom Broome. Growing them has been about as easy as growing rye grass.
Just for reference: this is what they went through this winter with no protection.
January was the bad month this year. We had 7 straight nights in the 20's with one night possibly as low as 18F. The dewpoint got as low as -2F. Ridiculous. Our lowest high was 36F, so no days below freezing. The Ceratozamias did not defoliate completely, but one looked a little beat up.