The world’s oldest potted plant changes home

Published on July 30th, 2009 | by Admin


An ancient cycad, a palm-like tree collected on one of Captain Cook’s voyages, has changed containers at London’s Kew Gardens.

Wes Shaw, keeper of the Palm House where Encephalartos altensteninii cycad is on display, said: ‘It is a very special plant. It came to Kew in 1775 and was last repotted 20 years ago. The container was breaking down and for aesthetic reasons and for the health of the plant it was time to have a go at repotting it. We were quite worried about what would happen.  None of us had done this before, it was a steep learning curve but it all went without a hitch and it looks fantastic.”

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2 Responses to The world’s oldest potted plant changes home

  1. Rowley says:

    I think the phrase “pot plant” has an entirely different meaning, here in the USA.

  2. Jimothy says:

    It can have the same meaning here, Rowley. But it can also just mean “a plant, in a pot” 😉

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