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Cycad Pups

Zone Eugowra | cathyadams1 added on November 14, 2017 | Answered

Firstly I am a very novice gardener, but I have some cycad pups. I planted them in some potting mix that’d I’d mixed coffee grounds into a couple of weeks ago, now I’ve read that I probably should’ve used potting mix with a sand and peat moss mix. Will it disturb them too much if I move them? Or should I just leave them and hope for the best? Also, one has a few leaves, should I cut them off? Thanks!

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BushDoctor
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Answered on November 15, 2017

You would do best moving them. The new forming roots aren't so sensitive that you have to be worried about checking them ocassionaly. I don't recommend having anything but an inert mix, and some rooting hormone.

My hormone mix is pretty easy to do, and works wonders.

My mix is as follows: Put a crushed, and uncoated aspirin tablet and a few tablespoons of honey into a small container. Then mix a few drops of very hot water until it mixes into a thin gel. Dip the plant ends in this, then plant them. Whatever mix is left, you can mix throughly into warm water and use as your water to wet the cuttings' potting media.

Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/palms-trees/propagate-palm-pups.htm

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