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How To Stop Cycas revoluta From Flowering?

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Butch

I bought my house 47yrs ago and there was an existing  cycas revoluta, in the ground... I have moved it a round many times in the past, including in a large pot... About 20yrs ago I moved it to it's present spot.. And it has done well there... It never had before, but it started producing seed and pups in this last location.... I have no idea how old the plant is, but was a decent size when I got the house in 1972.. The problem is, that in the last few years it always seem to be in flower... And when it flowers and produces seed, it's not producing any leaves... It's starting to look pretty ragged (But healthy) ....  anyone have a suggestion on a way to stop it from flowering and start producing leave? (Anyone need seeds or pups? ;))...

 

Butch

 

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GeneAZ

It's probably getting too much phosphorus.  Cycads like high nitrogen but lower potassium and phosphorus.  So you should be giving fert to this that is quite low on the middle number on the fert bag.  This last summer I was using a liquid  feed 21-7-7 acidic fert that produced great flushes without cones.  If you can find a fert with 20-4-8 it would be great.  However, overall,  now is not the time to fertilize any  cycad in  the U.S.  Just start planning for this fert to go on the plant's soil in March-April next year.

 

 

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Butch

Thank you.... I’ll give that a try.... I was told once by someone with a lot of knowledge, that sprinkling talcum powder on it might make the plant think it’s getting pollen and not go in to seed... It sounded kinda funny to me, but this person is one of the most knowledgeable people on this site.  
 

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TexasColdHardyPalms

Umm that's not going to work...

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TexasColdHardyPalms

Subject the plant to 15-22F every year and that will make the cones much more sporadic.  True story.

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