Frequently Asked Questions

Sago Palm and Asian Cycad Scale

Question:Why do the leaves on my sago palm turn kind of yellowish?

Answer: It may have what is commonly referred to as Asian Cycad Scale. Unfortunately, it is very common, especially on the Sago Palm. There is no known cure for this. The University of Florida is currently doing many studies on proper treatment. One of the products being tested by Dr. Robert Stamps is Atomic Grow which is a foliar spray, and it will dehydrate the scale immediately. Atomic Grow is non-toxic, and works very, very well on scale of all kinds. As it dehydrates, the insects, it loosens their ability to adhere to the plant. They can literally be washed off with gentle pressure. At the same time, Atomic Grow has a stimulating effect on the Sago, and will actually increase the growth rate. I have personally used this product in many commercial landscaping applications, and it is simply fascinating. It is non-selective, so you can use it on your other plants as well. We feel that Atomic Grow restores the health of the plant from poison and fertilizer abuse. It will clean the plant, and allow healing to take place. Being organic, you will never have to go back to poison products for any of your plant problems. Kathy

Mealy Bugs

Question: About my Hibiscus: We have had shriveling of the leaves around the bloom when it first comes out. The bloom never comes fully out, and dies. Also, a white powdery substance is in the middle. The rest of the leaves are green and look healthy.

Answer: Go to, and see what it does for hibiscus. It is totally organic and can be used on all your plants. Your hibiscus is being hurt by mealy bugs, and the new, pink mealy bug that has been around for maybe three years now. The bugs ruin the flowers, and even make leaves smaller. However, there is now hope. Kathy

Leaf Miner and Sooty Mold

Question: Curling leaves that also are yellowing. Very, very small ant-like bugs in the blossoms that are left. Others are shriveled black, and fall off the tree when I touch them. Suggestions?

Answer: You have a few problems going on with this poor guy. Curling leaves are the leaf miner. The bugs are sucking the life out of the plant, turning the leaves yellow. The black is from sooty mold. If you want to go organic, I suggest Atomic Grow to bring your plant back to health and rid it of all it's problems. Kathy