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Re: Zamias in the UK
Posted by John Gibson on 6/15/2010, 1:46 am, in reply to "Re: Zamias in the UK"
I have just got another batch of seeds and will give it a go. I think Jon keeps his plants a lot warmer in winter than mine as mine are essentially unheated, I also grow myplants in the ground and bury the caudex of smaller plants. This works for most things except zamia. I will use sand and overwinter the zamias in community pots inside the house,at least for the first year or two.
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: 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
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