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Re: Zamias in the UK
Posted by Tom Broome on 5/19/2010, 10:06 pm, in reply to "Zamias in the UK"
: I just cannot overwinter zamias in
: the uk. I grow a large mix of cycas
: dioons and macrozamias with a few
: encephalartos in a large poly
: tunnel. Apart from some mouse damage
: to encephalartos seedlings they
: allreally thrive an I have had very
: few losses even this winter.
: However I cannot seem to get zamias
: to survive the winter. I am talking
: seedlings of pumila furfuracea and
: fischerii. I have grown them inall
: sorts of media and they seem to sulk
: in our long winters and just rot
: even if I keep them frost free. I
: have had a couple of fischerii
: survive this winter in the ground
: for their second winter. Am I
: wasting my time trying to grow these
: in the uk even under polythene. Many
You are not wasting your time if you really want to grow these. You already know what not to do, right? I have a friend named Jon who lives in London who has been growing porobaly 40 species for several years now, so I know it is possible. Whenever I have a cycad that I am trying not to rot it, I use sand as a medium I only lightly water the top of the sand and the capilary action runs the moisture down to where the plant needs it. I don't know what might work best in your situation, but it sounds like if you are using regular soil, you may want to try another medium that wouldn't encourage the rot. Maybe you are already doing this, but that's all I got.
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