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Propagating the King of Longwood's Conservatory

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Uploaded on Feb 6, 2010

We are proud to report that our Encephalartos pup has successfully survived its beginning years (the toughest), and has recently produced a healthy new flush of growth! We are thrilled—the success rate for getting the Encephalartos pups to survive on their own is low. Read more about this on our blog: http://bit.ly/mh5wGq

The "King of the Conservatory," Longwood's Encephalartos woodii is the most prized plant in Longwood's Conservatory since it is extinct in its native environment of South Africa. Very few of these plants exist elsewhere around the world, so Longwood Gardens is lucky to have a beautiful specimen growing in our East Conservatory. Because the Encephalartos woodii is so rare, we were very anxious to propagate it and continue the Royal line. In July of 2009, Senior Gardeners Joyce Rondinella and Lorrie Baird propagated one of the "pups" from the Encephalartos.

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