Cycad Seeds For Sale

I have been breeding rare cycads since 1988, and have sold the extra seeds that I didn't plant out for myself to my private list of customers who have requested to notified. Many of my customers were people who would buy my seeds and then double + the price and sell them on the internet. I don't sell to most of those people now, so I don't mind making public, the same prices I have always sold them for in the past. In many cases, you will not publicly find the species of seeds I make available, yet alone at these prices.

The seeds I list have either been personally produced by myself, or some come from a close friend near me that has been breeding cycads maybe even longer than I have. I check for embryos in every cone I pick which is the only sure way to confirm cycad seed viability. If I get these other seeds in from time to time, I check a few seeds from each batch in the same manner. No seeds are sold that show low, or poor viability. I store my seeds in ways to keep them viable for as long as possible. In most cases, as with Zamias, I keep the fruity seed coat on the seeds, which helps keep them moist enough so they don't dry up prematurely. I store most of my uncleaned seeds, as with Ceratozamias, in Sphagnum peat moss, which is the same medium I use to germinate the same seeds, using the baggie method. Most of these seeds stay perfectly viable for at least 5 months. Most of the seeds will be sold out before that time frame anyway. In some cases, I may only have 50 available seeds of a given species, and might not last very long at all. Hopefully, I will be able to keep this list current and delete them from the website once they sell out, but I'm sorry if you contact me and what you ask for may be sold out. If you need information on germinating cycad seeds, or learning more about keeping seeds viable, I have very good articles on those subjects in my article section. I take great steps to make sure these seeds are of superior quality, but I do not guarantee in any way any specific germination rate. Please contact me at if you are interested in any of these seeds. We try to make these superior seeds available to the good cycad people in the world and will reserve the right to sell to anyone that I know does not fit that description. All seeds are sold in groups of 10 or more and there is a $60 minimum order on seeds. I do not ship Appendix 1 seeds out of the U.S. and app. 2 seeds are sold to people in other countries on an individual basis. Since packages can not be insured once they leave the U.S., once I have sent the seeds out, I can not insure, or be responsible for them being properly delivered. Anyone outside the U.S. that has a problem with this, please find someone you know with a U.S. address that I can safely ship them to. Thank you for reading all this. This is a new experiment for me to see if I can do more to help the world. Tom Broome

Cycad Seeds



I have the first decent amount of seeds of the rare Zamia "pumila types."Zamia angustifolia may be one of the most endangered species of cycads in habitat, even though many collectors have them in cultivation. From the last Montgomery expedition, it was estimated that there was only about 15 plants from the known location in the Bahamas. This is one of my main projects for breeding. These have extremely thin leaflets and have brown emergent leaves. A very cool looking, small cycad. The seeds are $3 each in groups of 10.
Another hard to find seed is the zamia that comes from Andros Island. Sometimes, even when you hand-pollinate this plant, it still doesn't produce good seeds, but this has been a good year, so I should have plenty. These seeds are $2.25 each in groups of 10.

I have another very special zamia from the Bahamas that has been called Lucayana, but that is not a valid described name. It is unique because the leaflets are very stiff, almost like a Zamia furfuracea, but it is a medium width pumila type. These seeds are $2.50 each in groups of 10.

I have only 30 seeds of the rare Zamia spartea. This species is from Mexico. It has very thin, long leaflets. The true Zamia spartea is hard to find. Many years ago, spartea hybrids were popping up around south Florida and finding the real thing was difficult. These are seeds from the real plant. The seeds are small and once you clean them, they need to be planted. In fact, if I don't sell these in the next couple of weeks, I will plant them myself, but this is a chance to get some really good seeds. Because they are so small, I only want to send them within the US. These seeds are $4 each, in groups of 10.

I have Zamia variegata (some people know it as Zamia picta). These are the form from Guatemala which are normally, on average, nicer than the ones from Belize. They are the only cycads that are naturally variegated. They are an upright growing plant that have green leaflets, with yellow spots on the leaflets. The seeds from the regular form of the Guatemala variegata are $1.75 each in groups of 10.

I guess this variegata may be just a novelty. Many years ago I bought a lot of Zamia variegata seeds that came from Belize and one plant grew out to be totally different than any of the other plants. I can't even think what it might have been crossed with to make this plant. It is VERY robust with thicker leaves that are semi upright, but also lay outwards. The leaflets have the spots on them just like the normal form plants. It has become a triple headed female plant that is 8 feet wide in the same time frame that the other plants are single headed, upright growing plants, with stems no larger than 4 inches. I will sell them in groups of 20 for 80 cents a seed.

I have some of the taller, undescribed plants from Jamaica, that for the last few years, have been called "The Jamaican Giant" They have leaves that can get to be longer than 5 feet and have leaflets that are rather thin, looking much like a larger Zamia portoricensis. They have proven to be pretty cold hardy and have stood up right along our native Zamia floridana in landscapes. They grow pretty fast and seem to cluster earlier than some of the other pumila types. These seeds are $1.75 each in groups of 10.
I have a batch of seeds from the undescribed Caribbean zamia from New Providence in the Bahamas. It is one of the only pumila types that has brown emergent leaves. They are very beautiful and not plentiful out in cultivation. They are $2.25 each in groups of 10. These make great landscape plants and have color that you don't get with zamias like coonties or the Dominican plants.

I also have some of the regular, green emergent form of Zamia amblyphyllidia. These plants have nice, wide leaflets and makes a great landscape plant. Seeds are $1.25 each in groups of 10.

About 25 years ago I was buying some coontie plants to use for landscaping and out of 10,000 plants at that nursery, about 10 plants were very special. They had nice, wide leaflets and had an obvious upright form. When I felt the leaflets, they seemed to be thicker than any other coontie I had seen. I assumed because of the extra thick leaflets, this special form would be more xeric than the others. They almost look like a Palatka Giant in some ways, but will not get to be such a huge plant over time. I have sold some landscape plants to people in Arizona and these seem to hold up better and look great in their climate. They also look great here in Florida in my side yard. After selling the plants for many years now, I have several customers specifically asking me for coonties of this exact form. For lack of anything else to call these, I call them the stiff, upright coontie. Seeds are sold in groups of 20 at 80 cents per seed.

My last offer is from the two huge Dioon edule plants from my front yard. Even though these plants didn't come with collection data, they appear to be the Palma Sola type of Dioon edule. They are more robust than most edule types and have even flushed three times in a year. They also have wider leaflets than many of the edule types.The embryos are full size now, so they can be planted at once, but they also store very well if you want to wait until next spring, which is what I'm going to do with the ones I keep for myself. I was able to pollinate several cones on my big female last October. After I pick all the cones, I will be putting these plants up for sale, so even though I have already pollinated two cones on the female, this may be the last time I make seeds available on these great plants. I am selling the seeds in lots of 20, at $1.30 each seed. For those who want more, I will sell lots of 100+ seeds at $1.05 for each seed.


Email me with your orders to and I will get back with you with your total that will include shipping, and sales tax if you are in Florida. I take good checks and Paypal payments for people who want to use a credit card.
This is going to be a great year for cycad seeds. Tom Broome