Detail of Encephalartos Ghellinckii Home plant care
Encephalartos Ghellinckii is a stunning, very rare cycad, endemic to the Ngoye Forest north of Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal. It is one of the rarest native plants on earth – with only 13 individuals remaining in the wild. Your purchase of this magnificent plant contributes towards funding conservation efforts for this critically endangered species as well as for other cycads like it.
Encephalartos Ghellinckii is one of the rarest cycads in the world, and only a very few make their way into collections from time to time. Obtaining a Ghellinckii cycad is extremely difficult. In addition, much of its natural range has been destroyed by conversion to agricultural land and is legally protected. We have a very limited number of hand-seeded seedlings that are now well established in pots that we have for sale. We suggest to all customers interested in a dated cycad, this type of Encephalartos certainly is at the top of the list.
Although the South African Ghellinckii is one of the rarest of Encephalartos, this plant adds unique charm to a garden or home. The Ghellinckii’s thick trunk and moderate size make it an ideal indoor plant, while its ability to tolerate -5°C makes it a good match for indoor plant in warmer climates.
We have chosen this plant because it can survive without sunlight, is easy to grow and does not require much care. Encephalartos Ghellinckii or otherwise called the Eastern Cape fan palm, is a succulent plant which does not require any exposure to sunlight. It mainly relies on light capturing systems through its thick leaves, which allow the plant to perform photosynthesis. Its roots are also adapted for absorbing water from dry environments making it an ideal house plant.
The Zamioculcas, Encephalartos, and the Codiaeum variegatum are good plants to keep in your home during the winter when they would normally die outside. The Dracaenas, Syngoniums, and Ficus Benjamina, on the other hand, may be better off to be left outside during this season. If you need to bring any of these plants into your home during the wintertime, try to aim for a temperature around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Encephalartos, commonly known as the African cycad, is a genus of perennial plants that propagate from suckers and by underground rhizomes. Its woody spike or crownshaft can reach heights of up to 6 meters. The species are found naturally in Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
This plant goes by a variety of common names, with some calling it the blue cycad, while others call it the elephant’s foot or umbrella palm. It can be grown as an ornamental plant in zones 9b-11 and is easy to grow provided high drainage is available.
The plant has a very slow growth rate, reaching heights of about 6 feet in 30 years, but is robust enough to withstand extreme temperatures and water shortages. A unique feature of night blooming cereus is that it will bloom only after a fire. Even if one of these plants is burned almost to ashes, it will still grow back if given proper care.
They are generally easy to care for, despite being some of the largest indoor plants. They are a choice option for creating a living wall, or they can be simply placed in an indoor container garden as decorative accents around the house. Very popular in interior design as a table and floor plant due to its striking, columnar trunk which can reach over 5 meters in height. The leaves are dark green and glossy with a leathery texture. A full grown potted plant can produce 6 foot stems covered with hundreds of flowers.