leaves on cycad
have a large cycad (probably over 15 years old). It started going
yellow (very yellow) so I was told to cut off the fronds. Now it
looks like a huge pineapple (with a few babies growing at the bottom
of it). I've sprayed it for spider mite, etc, and fertilised. Should
I repot it into a bigger pot? The truck is only about 10-15 cm from
the inside of the pot, but I was told this is good?
are usually quite hardy, but can occasionally get leaf yellowing.
This is sometimes due to scale or spider mites sucking the goodness
out of the leaves, and you do say that you had to spray for spider
mite. Yellowing can also occur for no apparent reason and when you
cut off the leaves the new foliage is usually green and healthy.
Don't worry too much
about there being no leaves. Cycads usually only produce one or
two sets of leaves each year, so you will just have to be patient.
If the worst comes to the worst and the main trunk dies, then you
should be able to grow one or more of the "babies".
I wouldn't bother repotting
your cycad. Cycads like good drainage and I don't repot mine until
the roots actually emerge from the bottom of the pot, and even then
don't go up more than one or two pot sizes.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
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