Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

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Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#1  Postby Stan » Mon May 15, 2017 2:51 pm

I broke down and ordered one. I have a feeling it will come bare root. So,sandy mix? potting soil with lots of perlite? And need for some good garden loam ( gopher dredged up stuff I saved in a bucket)? I always loved this one. I think its a good compromise of blue cycad without breaking the bank.
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#2  Postby Azuleja » Mon May 15, 2017 5:47 pm

I don't know what soil is best, but I looked up the plant and it's very beautiful. Great choice!
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#3  Postby Stan » Mon May 15, 2017 6:31 pm

Thanks Azu. It is to be exact 'kirkwood'..that means it has a nice curve to the fronds. Cross fingers its as expected and not some variation :roll:
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#4  Postby Geoff » Mon May 15, 2017 7:58 pm

in a pot or in the ground? If in a pot, cactus/palm mix works fine. Not that picky, though don't like sloggy soils (what does?). Most growers use a lot of pumice.
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#5  Postby Stan » Tue May 16, 2017 7:46 pm

Pot Geoff. I have to admit after visiting UC Berkeley,I knew I had to try again. My first effort was stolen years ago. Bad tenants no longer here.
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#6  Postby Stan » Thu May 18, 2017 2:05 pm

It came. As expected,bare root,two leafed blue seedling. Is it better to use as small a pot..or maybe better to slightly overpot?
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#7  Postby Stan » Thu May 18, 2017 2:57 pm

Photo's of it. I started to use a 4" deep pot..but when I saw that long tap root,went to a gallon.
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Post Number:#8  Postby Viegener » Thu May 18, 2017 3:01 pm

Looks like more mass in the tap root than in the leaves...
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Post Number:#9  Postby Azuleja » Thu May 18, 2017 3:02 pm

I like those extra deep tree pots that you see small cycads planted in. They're deep but narrow. I don't know how many different sizes there are. It's a beautiful color already and looks robust and healthy.
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#10  Postby Stan » Thu May 18, 2017 3:19 pm

Thanks! It was a reasonable price I thought. Soon into a warm bright spot for it to root...then into full sun. Its not my 40 year old D.edule or my 20+ year old C.circinalis or my 15 years old Zamia, E.ferox or C.spinullosum...but its a start. When you see UC Berkeley and love exotic plants..how can you not lust for a blue Encephalarto sp.?
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#11  Postby Azuleja » Thu May 18, 2017 3:32 pm

They're definitely lustworthy. I wish they weren't so poisonous and didn't make those big bright seeds.
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Re: Best potting mix for Encephalartos lehmannii?

Post Number:#12  Postby Stan » Sat May 20, 2017 3:23 pm

Potted up in sun..unusual gun metal gray? or some blue- grey? Blue slate?. Different.
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