Cycad help

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chrismc

Cycad help

Post by chrismc » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:17 pm

Hi All,
Ive just been given 5 one foot Cycads and i was wondering are they worth trying to save. Only one has any leaves and they are covered in some sort of white sticky fluff (which seems to be coming from a type of white bug/mite).
Has anyone any experience with these and have you saved your cycad (pics to follow)?

hope you can help

chrismc

Re: Cycad help

Post by chrismc » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:45 pm

Pics as promised and i googled the bug looks like coffee grinds may help so ive mulched

cycadmite.jpg
cycad2.jpg
cycad1.jpg

pdid

Re: Cycad help

Post by pdid » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:08 pm

Cycad white scale.

http://www.fairchildgarden.org/Articles/Id/9

Only just found out about it myself so the link is the only info I can provide. I have it on my circinalis. Not good.

Adrian

Re: Cycad help

Post by Adrian » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:24 pm

Thats plain old meally bug, wash it off and then spray the leaves thoroughly with provado or similar as they get right down into the trunk, the mulch of coffee grinds will work to keep them at bay.
Yes always worth keeping Cycads unless they are soft and rotten.

pdid

Re: Cycad help

Post by pdid » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:32 pm

I stand corrected. Anyone know anything about the one I mentioned?

chrismc

Re: Cycad help

Post by chrismc » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:31 pm

Well all the cycads are solid so i think im on to a winner... i'll treat as you say and see what comes up. Regarding overwintering should i greenhouse these (heated) or are they ok outside (the wall they're against has sun all year)

Kristen

Re: Cycad help

Post by Kristen » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:08 pm

I got mealy bug on a Cycas last winter. "Combed" it off several times, a bit painstaking to do. In the end I put it outside, just bringing it in on the coldest nights, and used the cold to keep the bugs under control!

Matcycas7

Re: Cycad help

Post by Matcycas7 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:11 pm

Well done Chris icon_bigsmurf for using Coffee for your Cycas. Let's hope that it would recover. I never met the deadly white scale. Sponge wash your Cycas with coffee water for best results that will keep brown scale insects at bay.
icon_bigsmurf
http://www.cycad.org/documents/Broome-Coffee-2007.pdf.

So far I never seen the CAS (Cycad Aulacaspis Scale) in reality or touched the CAS with my fingers atleast on any one Cycas Revoluta anywhere in our city.
This video shows how much ruthless destruction and death that :twisted: CAS :twisted: can bring to Cycads.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbWxh-UKYrw
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