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Suckers of cycas

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Question: how do the suckers of cycas come off?

I would like to know how to detach the newborn cycas from the trunk of the mother plant, since they are buried. In addition, I would like to know how to replace at least partially the soil of a large pot cycas since the latter seems unsuitable for draining the water that often stagnates on the surface. Thank you very much. Treats


Cycas suckers: Answer: how to treat cycas suckers

Dear Claudio,

cycas tend to produce new basal shoots, which, once detached, produce their root system and develop as small single specimens; the best period is between the end of winter and the beginning of spring, when the days are getting longer, and the nighttime minimums are rising. Proceed by removing the basal suckers, if you are unable to do it with your hands, use a sharp knife, so as not to crush the suckers too much; once removed, it is kept in a bright and cool place for 4-5 days, so that the cut we practice has the possibility of drying slightly, let's say to heal. At this point, some vases about a couple of centimeters more than the diameter of the suckers themselves are prepared, they are filled with sand and peat in equal parts and the small cycas are placed, which must be cultivated like the mother. Before filling the pots, we will take care to mix the substrate well; if we do not find peat we can mix equal quantities of sand (or lapillus, or pozzolana) with good quality universal soil.

This compound can also be useful for improving the soil around the mother plant; the best method is to uproot the plant, work and lighten the soil of the planting hole well, and reposition the cycas. This operation is preferably done when the plant is not in full swing, so an ideal time would be at the beginning of autumn. To prevent this operation from ruining the roots, we will take care not to touch the earthen bread around the root system.

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