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Re: damaged encephalartos longifolius
Posted by Tom Broome on 8/27/2011, 10:42 pm, in reply to "damaged encephalartos longifolius"
: Hi Tom. I had a 5 gal. E. Longifolius
: under 50% shadecloth here in Central
: Cal. I watered it once or twice a
: week but it continually declined
: throughout the summer. It appeared
: to get sunburned even under the
: shadecloth. I pulled it out of the
: pot to find the top 2 inches of the
: caudex were completely soft and
: rotted while the roots were fine. I
: cut off the rotted parts and soaked
: the rest in fungicide and rooting
: hormone. I then planted it back in
: the pot with only perlite and
: watered it. I left the exposed cut
: part sticking out of the perlite.
: Sound good? What do you think?
: Thanks, Chad.
All in all, pretty good. Two things though, why do you put rooting hormone on an area that you want new plants to sprout from? The other is that you want the now, top of the plant to harden off. I use the black tree paint, like I mention in my articles, to seal up wounds, whether they are on the bottom of an offset, or a wound where you want more apecies to appear. It is possible that it would just continue to rot.
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