Re: sago palm
Posted by Tom Broome on 3/25/2009, 9:46 pm, in reply to "Re: sego palm"
: The new leaves come out green and look
: perfect for about 3-4 weeks and then
: the inside turns brown and the
: outside remains the usual green
: color. The affliction is only on
: this one palm and not there are
: others that are close by so I'm a
: little lost as to why this one palm
: is struggling. Maybe I can take a
: picture of the palnt tonight and
: upload it in this link so you can
: get a better look at the plant.
: On the fertilizer issue?? Since the
: premix is not avialble anymore do i
: have any other options other than
: buying your the 50 lb bag of
: fertilizer? I'm not sure if I can
: get a fertilizer locally that is
: close to the 24-7-8 that you suggest
: but will try. My neighbor, Henry
: Pearson, owns a huge nursury in
: Pensacola (Floral Tree and Gardens)
: and maybe I can split the fertilizer
: cost w/ him if this is my only
: option as I doubt I could use it all
: myself. As a side note, he was
: curious about why the leaves were
: turning brown too so I'm sure this
: will be a big help to him in the
: I found the Manganeese Sulfate on
: ebay for around $15 and I think I
: can get the Iron sulfate locally.
: So in summary, how often do I need
: to fertilize and apply the minerals.
: Many thanks again and I'll speak to
: my neighbor and also try to get a
: pic uploaded soon.
I probably don't need to see a picture, you explained it pretty well.
The Premix I mention in that old article was something that could only be bought by a professional, and only came in a 50 pound bag anyway. I never expected for people to try and use that product in the first place, just remember the facts in the article and find what you can find that would do the same thing. After years of not finding anything, that is when I had something made that not only was just as good, but improved it to a new level. Keep in mind that I have used that fertilizer on complete landscapes for people, so if you have a bag, you could go through one fairly quick with a large garden. I know one person that I use an entire bag and a quarter every time I fertilize.
On how often you fertilzie, that all depends on how long the product you find lasts. Mine lasts about 3 months so you fertilze every 3 months, which in the case of cycads, gives the exact right amount of time to push a flush and harden it off, and then a bit of time and get another flush again the next time it is used. On using the minors, I found using it once a year helps a lot, or otherwise, just use it when you need it. That plant will tell you when it needs ti again. Each plant is different and even your soil might differ in a 209 foot area. Some individual plants just don't seem to take in minors as easy, for whatever reason.