BURRAWANG PALM MACROZAMIA COMMUNIS NATIVE CYCAD RARE FRESH SEEDS $10.00 $4.00

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Macrozamia communis, a cycad species, is native to the east coast of Australia. It thrives abundantly in wet to dry sclerophyll forests. In coastal areas, it grows in sandy soils, while in nearby coastal ranges, it prefers gravelly loams. The plant flourishes in a temperate climate with warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters, with some areas experiencing frost. Macrozamia communis typically prefers partially shaded locations under an open Eucalyptus forest canopy. Seed cones form after fire, with male and female seed cones appearing on separate plants. The large female seeds are ripe when they turn red or yellow.

Description: Macrozamia communis is a palm-like shrub characterized by long, gracefully arching, glossy green fronds that can reach up to 50 cm (20 inches) or more in mature specimens. The fronds have sharp, pointed leaflets arranged in two regular rows, with the lower few leaflets progressively reduced and spine-like. Mature female plants develop several large, football-like cones about 25 cm (10 inches) long, while male cones can measure up to 45 cm (18 inches), with up to ten cones per mature plant. This cycad features a woody trunk that ranges from 30-80 cm (12-31 inches) in diameter and 0.3-2 m (1-6.5 feet) in height. The trunk is typically underground but may emerge in shallow soils or rocky sites. The long fronds form a gracefully rounded crown arching from the central trunk.

Houseplant Care: Macrozamia communis grows very slowly, and potted specimens will not reach the same size as those grown in the open.

Light: Provide bright light at all times. Well-established plants can tolerate full sunlight exposure.

Temperature: Normal room temperatures are suitable if plenty of fresh air is available. Placing the potted plants on trays of moist pebbles helps maintain humidity. The ideal temperature range is 10-27°C, though the plant can tolerate temperatures above and below this range without apparent ill effects.

Water: Water liberally during hot weather (27°C or 81°F and above). At other times, water moderately, keeping the potting mix moist but not wet. Occasionally mist-spray the foliage.

Fertilizing: Apply a complete fertilizer dressing fortnightly during the growing season.

Potting and Repotting: Use a soil-based potting mix. Ensure adequate drainage by placing broken pot pieces or other drainage material at the bottom of the pot. Due to the plant’s slow growth, repotting is seldom necessary but should be done in late spring if needed.

Propagation: Propagate by seed, with germination occurring in 6-24 months, or from recently germinated seedlings collected from beneath female plants. Early seedling growth is very slow.

The name “Macrozamia” literally means “large Zamia,” referring to the tropical genus Zamia, one of the first cycads defined by botanists. Cycads, despite their palm-like appearance, are more closely related to conifers. These ancient plants have a fossil record dating back over 150 million years. Like conifers, cycads bear their seeds on scales arranged in large cones, except for Cycas, whose scales do not form a proper cone. All cycads, including Macrozamia communis, are dioecious, meaning they have separate male and female plants, with both male and female cones reaching significant sizes, sometimes up to 80 cm (31 inches) long.

Macrozamia communis is also known for being fire-retardant.

Uses: Macrozamia communis makes an attractive container plant for indoor spaces if kept in a well-lit, airy position. It is also suitable for verandahs and patios. Additionally, it is drought-tolerant and ideal for xeriscaping.

Summary:

Characteristics:

  • Foliage: Green
  • Shape: Upright
  • Height: 1.8-2.4 m

Proper Care:

  • Watering:
    • Rest period: Sparingly
    • Active growth period: Moderately
  • Light: Bright, filtered
  • Temperature:
    • Rest period: 10-21°C
    • Active growth period: 18-27°C
  • Humidity: High

Growing Macrozamia communis from seed requires patience and specific conditions to ensure successful germination and healthy seedling development. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Seed Collection and Preparation:

  1. Collecting Seeds:
    • Harvest ripe seeds from female cones. Ripe seeds are typically red or yellow – our seeds are red.
    • Ensure seeds are fresh, as older seeds may have reduced viability. Yep! Our seeds are fresh!
  2. Cleaning Seeds:
    • Remove the fleshy outer layer of the seeds. You can leave the seeds in water outside or inside and wait for them to rot a little, getting the seeds out is much easier after soaking! Wear gloves as the seeds and their coverings can be toxic.
    • Wash the seeds thoroughly to remove any remaining pulp.
  3. Scarification (Optional but Recommended):
    • Gently nick or sand the seed coat to allow water to penetrate, aiding germination.
  4. Soaking Seeds:
    • Soak the seeds in water for 24-48 hours to help break dormancy and encourage germination.

Sowing Seeds:

  1. Prepare the Planting Medium:
    • Use a well-draining potting mix. A good mix can be a combination of sand, perlite, and peat moss or a specialized cycad mix.
    • Fill pots or seed trays with the prepared medium.
  2. Sowing:
    • Plant the seeds about 1-2 cm deep in the soil.
    • Space seeds adequately to allow room for root growth.
  3. Watering:
    • Water the medium thoroughly after planting the seeds.
    • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged during the germination period.

Germination Conditions:

  1. Temperature:
    • Maintain a warm temperature around 25-30°C . Using a heat mat can help achieve this temperature range.
  2. Light:
    • Provide bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can overheat and dry out the seeds.
  3. Humidity:
    • Keep the humidity high. Using a propagation dome or placing pots in a plastic bag can help maintain moisture levels.

Germination and Early Growth:

  1. Germination Time:
    • Germination can take anywhere from 6 to 24 months, so be patient and keep the conditions consistent.
  2. Monitoring:
    • Check the seeds regularly for signs of sprouting and ensure the soil remains moist.
  3. Transplanting Seedlings:
    • Once seedlings have developed a few leaves and a sturdy root system, they can be carefully transplanted into individual pots.
    • Use the same well-draining potting mix and place the pots in a bright, indirectly lit area.

Care for Young Plants:

  1. Watering:
    • Continue to water moderately, allowing the top layer of soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
  2. Light:
    • Provide bright, filtered light to young plants. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the tender leaves.
  3. Feeding:
    • Feed with a diluted, balanced fertilizer during the growing season to support healthy growth.
  4. Repotting:
    • Repot as needed, typically every few years, to accommodate the growing root system.

Final Notes:

  • Be patient, as Macrozamia communis is a slow-growing plant.
  • Handle all parts of the plant with care, as they are toxic if ingested.
  • With proper care and attention, your Macrozamia communis seeds will eventually grow into healthy, mature plants.

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