Re: Caudex regrowth
Posted by Ron- Decatur on 1/4/2012, 6:56 am, in reply to "Re: Caudex regrowth"
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: Hi Tom,
: I looked through most of the
: questions on the board and haven't
: seen my exact situation addressed.
: I had a cycad (I think it was C.
: panzihuaensis, but not certain) that
: had the apex rot a couple of years
: ago. Anyway, I dug up the caudex
: because it still felt firm but for
: the apex. I've kept it in a pot all
: this time and a couple of weeks ago
: I notice new growth starting from
: the near the top close to where the
: apex was (not from the base of the
: caudex). It appears to be producing
: or about to produce new growth, i.e.
: a small flush, on three different
: parts of the caudex. My questions
: are: What should I do with it now?
: Do I just leave it and let it grow
: from these new growth points? Would
: this weaken the plant in the future
: as they got larger or would it just
: form a multi-headed caudex? Or do
: these new areas of growth need to be
: removed and rooted on their own? If
: so, how best to do that without
: destroying the new growth? Thanks
: for your expertise in this area.
: Yes, these are new plants being
: formed and can be kept on the plant,
: or separated at some point. If you
: remove any of these, they would be
: just like removing an offset, so you
: want to wait until the heads get to
: be at least 3 to 4 inches around.
: So, you have some time to think
: about it, probably 2 or 3 years. I
: have a sago that I got out of
: someone's yard that had the middle
: die out because it was so infested
: with Asian scale. It later produced
: about 5 heads and I have just kept
: it that way. Now it looks like a
: large stem with a branched apex, at
: least until you look at it closely
: to see the middle is gone. The plant
: looks fine this way, but it will be
: up to you when the time comes.
Thanks, Tom! And Happy New Year!