Posted by Tom Broome on 2/7/2011, 10:24 pm, in reply to "Encephalartos "
: How are the Encephalartos holding up
: in these cold winters? How about
: the Macrozamia and Ceratozamia? The
: big Ceratozamia I got from you a
: couple years ago is tough as nails
: having no damage in either of the
: last 2 winters. I lost C. hildae
: but it wasn't cold...the caudex just
: got hard as a rock and the foliage
: turned brown in mid summer. I'm
: planning to replace that this
: spring. My yard has evolved far
: enough that I can now plant under
: the palms so I'm looking for Cycads
: that like partial shade.
We had 16F and a couple of 18s this December, so just about any enceph got burnt up if it was outside. I built another the largest greenhouse to date and finished it the night of the first bad night, so many of the plants that would have been out were inside being warm.
So, are you going to be able to come down this spring then? There are plenty of things to choose from. Also, if you have any full sun still, I have now put together a collection of Dyckias (cold hardy, terrestrial, xeric, bromeliads)and now have more landscape types than anyone I have seen in the US. They would be perfct for your weather up there. Most laughed at 16F without damage. They make great fill in areas in planters and of course, they flower every year, but they don't die after they flower like most of the other bromeliad genera.