I planted chicas in April 2011, they got ruined, but not completely dry: neither recovered, nor did they dry out. What can I do? should they be removed or can something be done?
it is not easy to understand what the problem of your cycads is, since you do not give us indications regarding the cultivation of the same; are they in pots or in the open ground? In the sun or in the shade? Do you water them?
Cycas are plants of Asian origin, which are very reminiscent of small palm trees; in fact they are very ancient shrubs, which have a very particular development, giving rise to a stocky trunk, on which are grafted large petiolate fronds, very leathery and thick; in spring, from the apex of the stem, a large inflorescence emerges, which will later bear fruits similar to large red nuts, but only in female specimens.
These plants are grown outdoors only in areas with mild winters, if in the region in which we live the winter is characterized by strong frosts, it is advisable to cultivate our cycas in pots, so as to be able to move it to a sheltered place when frost arrives , or wanting to be able to cover it with non-woven fabric with great ease.
They are cultivated in a very bright and sunny area, characterized by a good air exchange, but not in excessively windy areas, because the cold winter wind could ruin the foliage, even in areas with mild climate.
Many people consider cycas as succulent plants, in reality they are not plants adapted to arid or semi-arid climates, therefore, even if they bear even long periods of drought, they are plants that love watering, especially in the hottest periods of year; they are watered but only when the ground is well dry, this means also every day in June or July, once a week or even less in September, sporadically in January.
At the end of winter, or early spring, a small amount of slow release granular fertilizer is spread around the plants, for green plants, which will gradually dissolve with each watering.
Your cycas seem to have become mummified, in the sense that since you placed them in their dwelling they have not produced foliage, or have not grown the leaves already present; in practice it is as if their root system had not taken root, and the plants have placed themselves in a sort of vegetative rest. You can hope that they resume vegetating, cultivating them in the best way: fertilizing and watering only when and if necessary; if they are in the shade, move them to a well-lit position.
Not knowing whether the plants are in pots or in the open ground, in the sun or in the shade, in the garden or on the terrace, it is difficult to understand if they present other types of problems that go beyond the lack of a correct cultivation cure.