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Amanda
Dying Cycad?

I noticed another post about a sick cycad with yellowing leaves. Mine has had scale on it which affected most of the fronds. I sprayed them all with an oil based spray as I saw this recommended elsewhere and cut off the worst affected fronds. We also fed the plant with dynamic lifter pellets. Now I've noticed that all the remaining fronds have drooped and when I look into the middle they seem to have a spotty white mould and the fronds look loose. Is it beyond help and should I cut all the remaining fronds off? No picture sorry.

Submitted: 01:45PM, 05 Aug 2013
Answer: Hi Amanda,

What a shame your cycad is taking such a hammering. Scale, if it is able to cover most of the fronds, can be very debilitating for the plant and it may take some time to recover. It is good that you have used the white oil to kill the scale that has been present.

I fear that the ‘spotty white mould’ you are seeing may in fact be mealybug. This is another sap sucking insect which tends to congregate in folds and crevices in the plant.

At this stage, don’t apply any more fertiliser to the plant. It is at its most vulnerable stage now and fertilising will not help the situation. Once you have the insects under control, you can apply some Seawood Booster. This product is not a fertiliser but it will certainly help to improve the health of your cycad after all it has gone through. All you can do is to nurse your cycad along and see how it responds. It may be a slow recovery, but if you can give it the right treatment, I can’t see why you won’t be able to save it. I wish you good luck.

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