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Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

Posted by Matfx7 none (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 1, 12 at 13:51

I suspect my 3 inchs Cycas pup is half rotten as when I press it with my fingers it feels like a tomato. I feel it is somewhat tough inside and feels like a sponge from outside. This pup was like a tough onion a month ago when I chopped it from the base of the Cycas trunk and dried it for a week before planting it in the sea sand and perlite.

My greediness made me to keep the Cycas pup along with tiny pot inside microwave oven at 450W for 2 minutes and after 3 days a reddish/yellowish that looks like a wool formed over the grooves of the cycas pup and even during this time the pup was tough and slightly changed its colour to healthy red. After a week later I poured water to it in 4 inch pot. The next day when I touched it I realized I made a mistake pouring water. I replaced it in dry perlite. I checked the previous sea sand and found no rotten smell in sea sand as well as pup but the pup is somewhat spongy and hard. How can I rescue my pup ? I can't find pumice here.


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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

Here is the image
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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

let me get this straight. you microwaved a plant?


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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

ericthehurdler, I microwaved cycas pup that no leaves or roots. I can't able to post image here.


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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

Click direct link http://i45.tinypic.com/2zdmzv4.jpg


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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

im not an expert on cycads but im sure microwaving any living organism will cause damage. why did you microwave it?


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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

It is a fast way to dry them if death is to slow(-;


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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

Eric, Cycas revoluta will flush a new set of leaves only once a year at summer time. Google search to learn more. I want to experiment with this pup to know the secret inside the Cycas trunk. 3 days after the microwave test the pup was busy preparing some kind of wool in its grooves and a week later a touch of water stopped it to create more wool. The pup confused whether it's a summer or rainy season. Now it's thinking whether to live or die.

Generally it will take 6 or more months for a pup to flush a new leaves. I did this to stimulate root growth as I don't want to wait for so long. My experiment will fail if it rots.


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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

I know that much about cycads lol

It's going to die most likely. Microwaving a plant is no replacement for summer. By puting your pup in the microwave for 2 minutes you basically cooked it into a giant popcorn kernel lol

Patience is always the best solution.


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RE: Is my Cycas revoluta pup rotten ?

Basically creates the same effect as deep freezing it but a lot faster,total eruption of all cell walls.


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