cycad garden visit

lzrddr(91360)December 3, 2012

Visited a nice cycad garden recently (have visited several dozen times before)- only gets better every time.

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lzrddr(91360)

another shot with a coning female Dioon spinulosum

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:44AM
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lzrddr(91360)

here's a really old Encephalartos altensteinii... about 12' of trunk or more.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:46AM
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lzrddr(91360)

Here's something you don't' see every day... a mature Encephalartos middleburgensis in full cone.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:47AM
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lzrddr(91360)

nice Encephalartos longifolius

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:49AM
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lzrddr(91360)

another one you don't see every day... Encephalartos hirsutis (not sure if that's spelled right)

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:51AM
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lzrddr(91360)

nice little Encephalartos latifrons for sale... sigh.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:52AM
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ericthehurdler(NOR CAL 9a)

great pics! those are some great specimens. how much are they selling that Encephalartos latifrons for?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 3:29AM
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lzrddr(91360)

no idea... if you have to ask, you can't afford it is my guess

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:50AM
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jimhardy

Eric

You can buy a small one .75" caudex for $750

And for only $1750 you won't have to mess with the tiny
.75" one because these whoppers are 1.75"

Here is some quick but bad math-10" caudex-as pictured
$17,500..they don't say anything about the height of the caudex
but if that is factored in,well-you don't want to know.

I wonder if you offered $10,000 for it if they would say-

no thanks

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 11:43AM
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ericthehurdler(NOR CAL 9a)

Definitely not interested in buying, just curious what they go for. 17,000 could be better spent elsewhere in my opinion lol. Besides i would be afraid of people digging it up and stealing it out of my yard.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 2:15PM
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miketropic

I love the look of the large trunked cycads but I just don't have the climate or the patience for it. They remind me alot of taz. tree ferns..which I still don't have either..sigh.. nice pics where is this place?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 5:18PM
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chadec(N.C.7b)

Very nice photos. Love all those cycads. I may even try another in ground next spring. But you better believe I ain't paying over 20$ for it.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 7:27PM
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statenislandpalm7a(7a)

That Dioon spinulosum is amazing. I have small ones that don't have a trunk yet.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 7:47PM
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jimhardy

I got a deal on this one....only $180-LOL

It has grown 7 leaves in 2 years-could be considered an
investment as I am sure it will sell for big $$$ in a few more years-if needed but I will be to attached by then(-:

Eric

What could be better to spend 17,500 on?(-;

O.k. you could make your own greenhouse and fill
it for that amount but you would not have that Cycad-LOL

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 10:53AM
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wilki(9b)

Amazing. First time I've ever seen such things.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 7:10AM
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stanofh

It wont be long before Brad Pitt or a Rock star like Flea snaps up those cycads.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 2:01PM
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ericthehurdler(NOR CAL 9a)

are Brad Pitt and Flea cycad collectors?

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 2:32PM
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stanofh

Pitt is big time. Flea had a Aloe,Pachypodium and cycads garden in a home that looked like a Castle. I think they recorded one album with Dave Navaro there...then Flea sold it.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 3:58PM
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tropicbreezent

Not far from me there's a specialist cycad nursery. They sell all over the world. Huge cycads are sent off in shipping containers. I couldn't imaging paying tens of thousands for a single plant. A lot go to places like the Gulf States where money is no object. I've bought plants over $100 but it took a lot of soul (and wallet) searching, and a determined "don't think about it, just do it!" I might have champagne tastes in plants, but I'm restricted by a beer income.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 4:45AM
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stanofh

My guess- and all it is- is that Pitt's travels to dry,hot Africa with his wife Angelina,piqued his interest in Cycads. I hear he has one of the best collections in the country.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 5:12PM
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jimhardy

The cone heads NY times

Of course, owning just a single cycad doesn't count for much these days, not when people are putting in whole forests of them. Brad Pitt, for one, has a primeval-looking stand of more than 100 Cycas revoluta -- a fairly common species also known as sago palm -- in his lush Hollywood Hills garden. ''I planted a huge grove of them,'' says Jay Griffith, his landscape designer. ''And Brad flipped. He kept saying, 'I want more and more.' To me, they are most majestic when you plant gobs of them. You expect a triceratops to come around the corner and just gobble them up.''

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 11:50AM
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stanofh

Ahhh,thanks Jim. I'm glad Pitt isn't one of those who are part of the pressure on wild plants.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 2:48PM
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jimhardy

I guess the landscaper thinks that a meat eater would switch to salad if it was a Cycad salad s:

    Bookmark   December 16, 2012 at 4:47PM
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LagoMar(USDA 8/AHS 7)

Where is the garden on the pics?

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 1:41PM
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lzrddr(91360)

Los Angeles, near a town called Eagle Rock

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 6:35PM
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stanofh

Huh,David Bowie has a cycad collection too. Cycad's appeal to Ziggy Stardust? I can see why.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2012 at 12:34PM
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