Re: Help me save my coonties!
Posted by Tom Broome on 5/22/2011, 8:51 pm, in reply to "Help me save my coonties!"
: I have three 10 yo coonties that I
: recently dug up when I moved. I
: thought they would be replanted
: quickly, but that was not the case
: and the leaves all turned brown. I
: cut them back and planted them in
: pots, and was encouraged that they
: were putting out new growth, but all
: the new fronds have died on the
: females, and the male has put out no
: new growth at all. I pulled them out
: today, and checked for rot. None on
: the females, and the male had one
: tiny slimy spot on one side (it has
: a double crown), so I left it out to
: dry and will cut that away.
: Are they just in shock, or will they
: survive at all? I'll be heartbroken
: if they die.
They aren't going to die. You have no idea how much these plants can take before you would actually kill them. One time I dug up some good sized clusters (about 30) that were in a landscape that was going to be bulldozed the next day. I brought them back to the nursery and I left them exposed, but under trees for like 3 months, and after planting, probably 90% were just fine.
I would plant them in sand and not in any kind of highly organic type potting soil. This reduces the chances of rot. Put them in a shade and don't water them very much. You could wet them down a bit every week or so, but you don't want to treat them like regular plants that have leaves on them. Once they have been in the pots, or in the ground for a couple of weeks you could add some time release fertilizer, or something like that to give them some energy. Just remember that just because they are just sitting there does not mean they are dying. These are cycads and they teach us patience. They will do things in their own time and we should not worry if something doesn't happen as fast as we would like. Just keep them in some shade. Having the sun beat down on them would hurt them a lot.