Cycas revolutas (cycads)

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I have two impressive specimens of these and they are flowering. Unfortunately they are both female. If I can find a male in a nursery, in flower, does anyone know how to pollinate? I can't move the palms, they are big.
 

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I am not a breeder but I have seen a friend do it several times. If I remember right here is what he does.


Take the female with either flowers or preflowers into the bathtub.
Bring in the male. Shake his pollen over the female. Let them spend the night together. Then rinse him and kill him and bag him in the bathtub. Then rinse her off. Water kills pollen, but not after 24 hours. Rinse her and let her dry before taking her back to flower room so no pollen is taken back.

I think he bagged the male to prevent more pollen spreading.

I have also heard you can take pollen from a male and use an artist paint brush to spread it on the female flowers.

I am sure more will chime in and give a better description on what I described can be improved on.

Good luck leafminer. Hope it works out well for ya.
 
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I seen what some harvest the pollen from the male and dry it
Then get rid of male , and using a plastic bag place pollen in the bottom and slid it carefully over branch to be pollenated to not spread it to the whole plant.
Once on the branch seal the bag to the bottom stem with tape (so nothing can get out) and shake the bag around the bud.
 

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So cool. I have always loved cycads, the dinosaurs of the plant world. In my natural FL gardens, I have never had to worry about pollination. I have males and females and they do their thing. I have classic sagos, cardboards and zamias. If anyone here needs seeds, feel free to PM me.
 

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I am not a breeder but I have seen a friend do it several times. If I remember right here is what he does.


Take the female with either flowers or preflowers into the bathtub.
Bring in the male. Shake his pollen over the female. Let them spend the night together. Then rinse him and kill him and bag him in the bathtub. Then rinse her off. Water kills pollen, but not after 24 hours. Rinse her and let her dry before taking her back to flower room so no pollen is taken back.

I think he bagged the male to prevent more pollen spreading.

I have also heard you can take pollen from a male and use an artist paint brush to spread it on the female flowers.

I am sure more will chime in and give a better description on what I described can be improved on.

Good luck leafminer. Hope it works out well for ya.
I've only done it a few times, but I had hardly any pollen. One tiny scraggly male. I really didn't think I had done it well at all.

Shouldn't have worried, there were tons of seeds!

Bubba
 

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