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Cycad is at it again

It’s been 5 years since the cycad sprouted new leaves, it’s just done it again! According to this University of Wisconsin page many cycads produce leaves, at most, once a year. Which I take means that it could be several years between growths. Before this year the last few years have been very dry here, I wonder if the cycad has been waiting for more water before sprouting.

A new generation of leaves just starting to emerge from the center of the Cycad
They grow fast, this photo was taken 6 days after the first

This is the first time it sprouted new leaves back in 2012. All 3 times it’s been mid December.

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Cycad Time Lapse

Last year the big cycad in the front yard sprouted a bowling ball sized sphere from it’s center. It was bizarre looking, almost as if it was giving birth! The sphere eventually spread out and turned into a new generation of coralloid roots. It was quite amazing seeing it emerge so quickly, especially because apart from that there’s been no visible growth in over 2 years.

This year I noticed the spear heads of a new generation of leaves sprouting from the center and decided to try and take a photo every day. Amazing to see it grow so fast. I wonder where all the matter to build those huge leaves was coming from so quickly, could it be taken from the soil and air on the fly or has the plant been building up some sort of reservoir over 2 years that can quickly be converted into rapid new growth?

Cycad Time Lapse
Time lapse of a cycad sprouting a new generation of leaves taken over 35 days


Cycad coralloid roots
Cycad with a new generation of coralloid roots sprouting from the center

Cycad sprouting new leaves
Close up of the new leaves