Walking Stick insect (Diapheromera
femorata) on Cycas revoluta
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Cycas revoluta (Sago Palm)
Removing and planting the pups or suckers
that appear on and around the mother plant, is really quite easy.
(1) Remove pup by cutting or sawing from main trunk, some can
even be pulled off. This will not hurt the cycad, unless trunk
has been sawed into, then it becomes a matter of cosmetics. I
let my pups set out for a couple days before planting. (2) use
small pots, as larger one will be hard to water correctly and
it will be a while before roots and plant are seasoned and established.
If planting up many, use a planting tray as you would seed. (3)
using a mixture of one part garden sand to one part Pete moss,
fill each container to about 3/4 to the top of the pot. (4) push
pup into pot so that about 1/3 of the bulb is into the soil.
(5) water and place in a warm well lighted area. Do not keep
pups water logged, as they will rot, let pots dry to about 1/3
down before watering. (6) Roots form from a few weeks to six
months or more. After the pups sprout roots, new leaves will
form, wait until leaves have hardened off before transplanting
them into their own containers if using planting trays.
More information can
be found in Robert L. Riffle's book "The
Tropical Look " also