Coonties - Sudden Death?
I posted this in the Palms & Cycads forum - two other posters said they experienced the same problem but had no answer. I'm posting here in hopes that a native plan expert will know the answer.
I've tried to grow coonties (zamia) in South Florida without luck. They are native to Florida, but there are several varieties. I'm not sure which one I have, but nurseries here sell them for $20 each. The plant will thrive for some months, then within a period of a few days will suddenly collapse, turn brown and die. Of the ten plants I purchased last summer, six have suffered this "sudden death", all at different times. This seems to happen after the seed pods burst open and drop their red seeds on the ground. Do coonties die after they produce seed? Do coonties have a short life span? This has occured in zone 10b (Davie, Fl) as well as 9b (Stuart, Fl), my current lcoation.