Another Great use for Coffee Grounds

If you live in Florida chances are you have at least one sego palm in your yard.  In recent years there seems be a growing problem of “white stuff”, correctly called cycad or aulacaspis scale (Aulacaspis yasumatsui), on these palms.  The Sago Palm is really not a palm at all but a type of plant called a cycad.  Thus, this cycad scale is very specific to the sego, and a small number of other cycads, and will not spread to palms or other plants.  For more info on this click here.

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If you have a sego palm, chances are you’re battling cycad scale.  Here is a great tip for getting rid of it.  First, you must remove all fronds from the sego.  The sego may look bald, but it will not harm the plant, and it will grow new fronds.  Next pay a visit to your local coffee shop.  No, you are not just in need of a drink, but you are after their coffee grounds.  You may want to call ahead to ask them to save them for you.  Put about 20 lbs of coffee grounds around the base of your infested sego.  That’s all there is to it.  I have no idea why or how this works but a friend of mine tried this and it worked.  At first I was a skeptic, but seeing the palms again today, I must say, I’m a believer.

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5 Responses to Another Great use for Coffee Grounds

  1. meemsnyc says:

    What a great way to solve the problem!
    Regarding the chinese mustard greens, yes, you can harvest it like lettuce, where you can take a few leaves at a time, it will grow back. The taste reminds me a lot of argula! I would love to see pictures of your mustard green plant!

  2. Donna says:

    No cycads here, but great tip.

  3. Hi Char haven’t been here for a while and what a useful tip, Love the tag cloud

  4. tina says:

    Very good to know. I love these palms. I take care of a garden where the lady has one inside. It is huge and healthy. If I ever hear of her having a problem I’ll know what to do. It might be the organic matter and acidity of the grounds helps to rid the plant of the scale? At any rate, it is an excellent solution.

  5. I’ve used coffee grounds on roses and tomato bushes. Great results with both.

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