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Cycads


Cycads:




It is a plant similar to a palm tree, originally from Japan; it develops large rigid and arched fronds, which bear long leathery leaves, dark green in color. The fronds are attached to a short woody stem, brown in color. These plants are generally grown in a container, as they fear excessively intense cold: in the case of persistent and sudden frosts it is easier to cover the entire container with non-woven fabric, or move it to a sheltered place. If exposed for a long time to very cold temperatures the fronds can darken or get damaged: we remove all the damaged fronds at the base of the stem, so as to favor the development of new healthy foliage. They prefer sunny positions, but can stand a slight shade. These are plants that tolerate drought without problems, but have a better development if you water every time the soil is dry, from March to September; during the cold months they do not need watering. If cultivated in an excessively dry place they tend to perish: the foliage turns yellow and the plant is often affected by the shield cochineal, which nestles particularly on the underside of the foliage. To avoid the development of the cochineal it is advisable to periodically vaporize the foliage with water, to increase the environmental humidity. If the cochineal has already affected our cycas it is good to remove the badges promptly, with the help of a damp microfibre cloth, or a cotton bud dipped in alcohol.