How to germinate cycads?

Steve Hinkson sphinkson at
Thu Jan 27 05:27:55 EST 2000


The hard shell will soften when exposed to moisture.  Don't shake 'em too much
I start them half buried in a loose open mix that I make out of leaf mold,
sifted to remove the fine particles, long fiber sphagnum moss, and lava rock
(the rough, porous  rocks are about 1 cm in diameter)

You can cut away the shell once it's softened, but BE CAREFUL! if you scar the
seed, it's very prone to infection.

And be patient, either way, they are reliable about germinating, but VERY SLOW!

"You can easily judge the character of a person by how he treats those who can
do nothing for him
or to him." Malcolm Forbes
Drop by and see me at :

More information about the Plantbio mailing list