Coffee, Anyone?: Coffee and cycads

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Coffee, Anyone?

By donnabking
June 3, 2015

About to pour out that leftover coffee? Wait! Hold on. It's not finished yet. It still has work to do. I have found that some plants love their coffee as much as I do.

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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jun 4, 2015 4:50 AM CST
In Florida where sago palms have been plagued by a difficult to cure scale infestation, university studies have shown that mulching with spent coffee grounds is more effective at eliminating the scale than pesticides. I do not remember if it was Florida State or University of Florida that performed the studies. As I recall, the initial discovery was accidental. They visited a commercial cycad nursery and noticed there was no scale and the only cultural difference from other cycad nurseries was that the owner of this one was using spent coffee grounds as a mulch around his plants.
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Jun 7, 2015 3:31 PM CST
Humm, so Sago's like coffee too ??? That's good to know. And I'm thrilled to kno it can help prevent scale. I have a lovely Sago that I am most find of. I will dump some spent coffee grounds around it. Thx for the heads up. Ken Ramsey, you taking this in?? I didn't know this. I tip my hat to you. Thank You!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Garden Photography Container Gardener Butterflies Bromeliad
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ardesia
Jun 7, 2015 7:14 PM CST
I had read of a UFL study on this a while back but can't find that reference now. All I can locate is that "research does not support it" or no research has been done." However, Tom Broome, who is acknowledged by the pros as the cycad guru swears by it. I've had success myself keeping the cycad scale at bay and whether it is the coffee grounds or just plain good luck, either way, it can't hurt.

http://www.cycad.org/documents/Broome-Coffee-2007.pdf
http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/home-and-garden/2013-0...

Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Jun 13, 2015 6:22 AM CST
Wow, fascinating info, thx!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill

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