How many Cycads?

sagolover(10a SoCal)March 10, 2013

I am in process of searching a few cycads to purchase. I have an opportunity of getting a few more rare ones. Should I choose maybe 2 a bit bigger (caudex 2.75-3.5") or 3-4 smaller (up to 2")? They are not cheap, that's why I have to stay to smaller sizes and not going for the 5-6" caudex. On the other hand, maybe if I choose bigger one or ones, would they be more resistant? I could buy a 4" one only for the price of all of the above, but I also like the other specimens, that's why I was thinking about choosing at least 2 of them, different species.
I know, I am so undecided... I am afraid I will end up buying only a Sago from Home Depot...

This post was edited by SagoLover on Sun, Mar 10, 13 at 22:42

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tropicalzone7(7b)

I would get the 2 bigger ones personally. There are some nice nurseries in Cali that are expensive but have nice sized cycads so if you save up a bit you can get some nice specimens!
Good luck!
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 5:47PM
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theseventhlegend

I agree with Alex. IMO Bigger is better, I would take the 2.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 4:33PM
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sagolover(10a SoCal)

Thank you for your advice.
I ended up ordering two: 2.5-almost 3" and one over 3". I couldn't resist. I was thinking about ordering only one bigger, about 6-7" caudex but then where is the satisfaction of growing it since it was a baby right? I want to see them grow and become majestic under my/our care. Not very modest, I know... :D

This post was edited by SagoLover on Tue, Mar 12, 13 at 21:31

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 6:25PM
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lzrddr(91360)

I have always ended up 'chickening' out on buying larger plants and opted for more smaller plants... and always end up regretting it (am a slow learner). Do what I say, not what I do... larger plants grow faster, look cooler and become worth a lot more in a hurry... small plants often croak, and take FOREVER to become larger... ALWAYS buy larger when possible... as large as you can afford.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 3:45AM
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sagolover(10a SoCal)

Ah, now you're coming with good explanations for the reasons to buy larger ones?? I've paid for them already! :( Will try to "upgrade" my order tomorrow... I don't know if it's possible though.

Thank you for opening my eyes. :)

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 3:53AM
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