November 26, 2013
Potting Up The Cycad Pups
You may recall a blog I posted in October about my giant cycad, or sago palm plants. The posting was how the plant's shoots, called pups, were removed and how these large cycads were repotted. Today's blog is about all of those pups that the mother plants produced. I decided to have them placed in pots, where they will hopefully, produce roots so they can grow into beautiful and healthy potted plants.
1 This is what the giant cycad looked like in October, before it was trimmed of pups, repotted, and moved into the tropical greenhouse for the winter.
2 The pups were quite mature and removing them intact was a bit of a struggle. Ryan and Wilmer used a garden knife to dislodge them from the mother plant.
3 After the pups were removed, Ryan let them air dry for about a month so their cuts could scar over.
4 There's the mother plant, happily tucked away in the warm greenhouse with the other tropical plants.
5 The pups, one month later - You can see the cut end and how it is dried over. If planted before scarring, chances are good that the pup would rot, rather than root.
6 Ryan choose a variety of temporary pots for rooting. It's important to choose pots that are just slightly larger than the pup, while they're forming roots.
7 The medium for rooting consists of peat moss, perlite, and a little sand.
8 To keep fungus at bay, Ryan mixed a fungicide concentrate with water.
9 The day before potting, he sprayed the scarred area with the fungicide.
10 It's important to allow the fungicide to dry completely.
11 As an added boost, Ryan used Hormodin 2, a rooting hormone prepared specially for propagating many woody and semi-woody plants.
12 Equal parts of peat moss and perlite were mixed together.
13 And a few scoops of sand was added to the mix..
14 Wilmer blended thoroughly.
15 This blend allow for great drainage.
16 The pots were filled.
17 The pups were dipped into the rooting hormone.
18 And then pushed into the potting soil.
19 The soil should cover 1/4 to 1/3 of the pup, depending on the individual cuts.
20 More soil was added around the pup.
21 The soil was tamped town, anchoring the pup securely.
22 These are all the pups that had little or no foliage growing.
23 For the pups with foliage, Ryan trimmed off most of it. This is an important step so that the pups energy goes into forming roots.
24 A rather large pup dipped in the rooting hormone
25 Once all the pups were potted, they were given a good sprinkling.
26 It will take 2 to 8 months for these pups to root.
27 I hope to have many new cycads to plant in urns and to give away.