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Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

Posted by jeffpas none (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 30, 14 at 22:56

Hi All,

Purchased a cycad plant from Lowe's garden center today and was checking online as to what to expect, how to care for etc.
The sales pitch on the tag labeled it a "Plant of Steel" meaning very low maintenance easy house plant, "Just a cup of water every two weeks is all it needs".

I looked up possible pests to be aware of and mostly it talked about scales, tiny legless eyeless critters that look like white powder and eventually can take over and kill a cycad.
Well, on closer inspection of the trunk I see this. Tell me the thing didn't come pre-loaded with scales? Or is it supposed to look like this. :/ I've never owned one before.


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

here's the whole plant. Sorry, no rotate ability


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

i dont see any scale in your pic

but then i never saw a scale that looked powdery ...

regardless ... what are you thinking??? .. RETURN IT..

whats your alternative.. spend twice the plant cost in remedy???

ken


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

thats why I posted- to see if this is normal or if I should return the plant. I would prefer to keep it if it doesn't have any problem.
I've searched online and I can't seem to find a closeup photograph of the top of a potted sago palm trunk.
Is this powder, or fur? It looks evenly distributed all round the plant, and nothing is on the leaves.
If its not scales, what is it?

thanks


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

maybe its just a harmless mold, perhaps they've been misting it at the store?


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

Or it could be normal. Check out other cycads to verify or not.


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Are you SURE that there's nothing on the fronds?


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

yes except what looks like fur maybe on stalks. Plant looks healthy enough. What in the world is it? I give up.


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

OK I got an answer from a plant specialist at a nursery.
It is NOT scale. The white powder is mildew from spraying, the brown fuzz is part of the plant.
Scale will be larger and look like little bumps that squirt when you smash them.
Cycads like this also get mealy bugs but those look like little bits of cotton.
Healthy plant.


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

who-rah ...

knowledge is power ...

i hope.. you see now .. the value of the specialty nursery.. over bigboxstore ... insure you spend some money with them ... in the future .... we are losing too many of them ....

ken


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RE: Cycad plant from Lowes- scales? Already??!

Most of the pests I've gotten have been from specialty nurseries, not big box stores.


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