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Fertilizer for cycas


Question: what cycad fertilizer?


I have two female Cicas and one male at my holiday home in Calabria. This year, or about a month ago, I took them off the ground and put them in a vase. I have a feeling they are a little stressed. What fertilizer you recommend. can i buy it from you too? For succulent plants, what other fertilizer do you recommend? Waiting for your vs. precious advice, please accept a sincere thanks and kind regards.

Fertilizer for cycas: Answer / fertilizers


Dear Teo,
moving a plant from the ground to the pot is always a source of stress of some kind; in your case, cycads are very particular plants, slow-growing, and with a contained root system (if we consider the global size of the plant), so in general cycas plants that are moved tend not to suffer serious or permanent damage , especially if you managed to put the whole root system in the pots. However, having slow growth, it is unlikely that, in spring travel, the same damage could be caused, for example, by a rose, which, even when it is developing at maximum capacity, may even reach complete desiccation. Having said this, it is clear that the different cultivation conditions can bring suffering into pain; the very suffering cycads, or cultivated in a not very correct way, usually quickly express their disappointment by producing on the foliage unsightly yellow specks; in this case, it seems to help give some fertilizer that contains Manganese, although this "cure" has not yet been confirmed by any scientific research. The cycas love a fairly acid soil, so I hope that the compound used to fill the pot is slightly acidic, consisting of universal soil, mixed with peat and sand, to increase drainage. If, on the other hand, the soil you have placed in the pot should be alkaline, it begins to provide your cycas with a soothing fertilizer. In theory, these plants do not need excessive fertilization or special fertilizers, it remains important that the fertilizer you use does not contain excessive amounts of nitrogen, and instead also contains microelements, such as iron, manganese, boron.
Should your cycads develop very slowly, you can look for a nutritional activator in the nursery, which is used only once a year, usually in the spring.
As for succulent and succulent plants, usually specific fertilizers are used, which must contain small amounts of nitrogen, and instead be rich in potassium; usually a good fertilizer for succulents has a titer that indicates a small amount of nitrogen, about twice as much phosphorus, and about twice as much potassium, then type NPK 2-4-8. Nitrogen stimulates the production of green tissue and shoots, and in the case of succulents, if supplied in excess, gives rise to stems easily attacked by rot and mold, and very sensitive to cold. Also in this case, a good fertilizer also contains various types of microelements. The succulent plants in general however need very small amounts of fertilizer, which is then supplied by halving the dose on the package, or doubling the time between two administrations. The fertilizer is supplied only from April to September.