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How did you get into Cycads?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Craig, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. Craig

    Craig Member

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    My father has a collection of cycads when I was growing up, so I spent a lot of time around them and with him in the garden.

    Truth be told, I couldn't stand the things then, because you certainly couldn't kick a ball around my place. In fact, you couldn't really walk around without getting a puncture.

    But, by around the time I was leaving school, I learned to appreciate them and when I started working, I started buying my own.

    How did your journey start?
     
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    Ratel Well-Known Member

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    At 14 years old I paged trough the junkmail, saw these "expensive plants" in this category...asked my dad what these plants were. He said something that i cant afford...
    So I picked up the phone and phoned this guy... Long story short, I arrived three hours later with my first plants, 12 Ferox seedlings. (Altough not the expensive ones that was advertised) somewhere in that garden I got stung by this virus called collecting cycads.
     
  3. Tommy

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    Never grew up knowing cycads ( did not even know they existed ). Moved into a house that had a revoluta in a pot, left behind by previous tenents. I thought that it would look nice to have two of the same plants at the entrance of a walk-way, so went off to the local nursery to buy another. When i got to the nursery, they only had thoursii, so I learned that there were other kinds/species.

    As we all know, it was down hill from there. After about ten years, happy to report, still gladly going down that hill collecting.

    Thanks for the interesting topic Craig .
     
  4. Craig

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    I find it interesting how people get into different things, especially something like cycads that's a little specialised, so to speak.

    I've always found the guys involved to be very welcoming and good guys. It's probably the similar interest thing, but I've found it a bit different to some other hobbies.

    I'm currently actively trying to get my 3 year old daughter to appreciate them. That way I can buy them for her :tearsofjoy:
     
  5. Paul

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    I have just purchased a place on the Breede river and there is a huge garden (6000sqm) which is pretty much a rocky, hilly natural garden. The previous owners passed away and no one wants the cycads or I doubt even knows the value in time and effort put into them.

    The Trees are huge and plants so varied that it will take me years to identify the succulents, trees, cycads and plants therein. I decided to try the most difficult first as I knew that there were special conditions and licenses to be obtained. On starting the journey I was dismayed to learn the story on the cycad and the work going into protecting the species.
    This is when I decided to see if I can make a difference and start a project to propagate a larger number of plants. Maybe even starting a small cycad farm. I have someone that lives on the property and will be able to do the mundane chores of watering and clearing about the plants. I believe the property is made for growing cycads and hope my instincts are right.

    I will have to introduce other species as I have only eight to ten different types on the property at present. Maybe even a few exotic ones as well.

    I had not expected to be the human pin-cushion I had become when measuring the plants, I will be sure to wear sturdy gloves and overalls when working with them in the future.

    My journey,I believe, has just started and am looking forward to the passion and knowledge this imparts.
     
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