Re: Dioon Edule turning brown!!
Posted by Tom Broome on 7/13/2008, 1:00 pm, in reply to "Re: Dioon Edule turning brown!!"
: Hi, again,
: Tom, I have to thank you for telling
: me *specifically* how to take care
: of my cycads. You are the first
: person who's ever given me a real
: idea of just how much water they
: need. Pretty much any website I've
: found has indicated that they need
: very little water or attention,
: which, as you said, is where I'm
: going wrong. So I can't tell you how
: much your clear advice is
: Yesterday I purchased the Dynamite
: as you suggested (yes; it's the
: green tube), and will follow your
: instructions for repotting, feeding
: and watering my plants.
: Again, I can't thank you enough for
: your patience with my confusion, and
: your detailed advice. I'm so glad
: you have this forum, and are willing
: to answer questions with such clear,
: specific guidance. I'll keep you
: posted on how my plants are doing.
: (I've been watering my Dioon more
: frequently, and I can already see
: green, where it's getting ready to
: put out a new flush of leaves!)
: Thanks again for all your help!
I am glad this helped. I think the people who put that information out there aren't the people who actually has to grow the plants so they haven't observed how they grow when they keep them dry. I went a little overboard this time, but this message wasn't just for you, but for others who have this same common problem. I should write an aticle in my article section on just growing sagos indoors because those types of questions, is what I get the most of. The funny thing is that I don't even sell Cycas revolutas in my nursery but more so on the more rare species. I realize that most of the people that ask questions will never even think of doing business with me, but I have more or less sworn to help anyone with any cycad problem that I can help with. every once in a while I get a convert and someone who tries growing a sago will branch out into other cycads. On a subject like this, I can spend way too much time. I didn't even get into how you appy the 3/4 of an inch of water. There is a big difference between pouring what would be 3/4 of an inch into your container all at one time as opposed to the way the irrigation works which applies that same amount slowly over an hour, like I do in the nursery. This should get you started and hopefully, others will take a look at this thread also. If you ever see a thread in another forum that asks the same question, send them over here to read all this. Also, by all means, come back and let me know how the plants turned out. You will start to see a small swelling in the center and if it is hot in your area, it will take the fertilizer about a month or so to kick in real well and force out a flush. Like the article says, make sure to give it extra water while the leaves are coming out until they harden off and they will look great.