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Cycas revoluta

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Sago palm is part of the Cycas genus. Its scientific name is Cycas revoluta.

Cycads belong to an ancient genus of plants. They can be grown outside in a sunny position but make a good conservatory plant in cooler climates. It can take -5C with the leaves bent over the crown in winter.

A stiff circle of dark green, frond like leaves is formed once or twice a year, from a central trunk. Do not allow the opening leaves to impact on other plants or the conservatory wall, as bent leaves remain that way.

There are male and female plants

Sago palm is extremely toxic to dogs and cats. If you even suspect that your pet ate this plant, call your emergency vet or pet poison hotline immediately for life-saving instructions.

Sago palms are related to conifers and Ginko trees. C. revoluta is native to the Far East and has been used as a choice container and landscape plant for centuries. This plant is a slow grower, however, when it is time for it to grow it puts a “flush” of new leaves all at once. It will adapt to temperatures from 15 degrees F to 110 (-11 to 42 degrees C. Accepts full sun or indoor lighting.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Sandy brown and   Yellow-green and   Android robot green. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Saddle brown and   Cocoa brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   British racing green and   Lincoln green

A type of non-edible cycad / ornamental, it mainly grows as an evergreen plant - which means it retains leaves throughout the year.

Sago palm is known for its shrubby habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.00 metres (3.25 feet).

Japan is believed to be where Sago palm originates from.

Sago palm is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Sago palm have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Sago palm

  • Dappled Sun

  • Full Sun

  • Low

It can grow into a multi-stemmed plant in its natural environment in outdoor conditions. As a pot plant it is slow growing

Sago palm likes a position of dappled sun / full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Sago palm is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Sago palm to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Sago palm from seed

These seeds are slow to germinate, taking for 3 to 9 months. Viable seed will sink in water and should be soaked for 48 hours prior to sowing. Make a small nick in the seed coat, but not to deep, and plant seeds, individually, on their side in a gritty compost. Do not cover the seed completely, and keep it at 12c to 25c not allowing it to dry out. As it is slow to germinate, it will be susceptable to rot, this tendency can be reduced by not overwatering and using Cheshunt compound in boiled and cooled rainwater.

Alternatively after soaking for 48 hours, the seeds can placed in a plastic bag of damp gritty compost in light shade at 25C. Inspect regualarly after 4 weeks to check for germination. The tap root is vulnerable with this method and will easily break off during handling and potting up.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Sago palm

A tap root will develop, that is fragile, but the seedlings can be potted on and kept under protection and partial shade for at least 2 years. Plant out in suitable climates after 4 years

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around -5°C / 23°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Sago palm is a half hardy plant.

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Sago palm Folklore & Trivia

The most commonly available cycad

Other names for Sago palm

Fern palm, King Sago palm tree

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  • These got a little “freezer burn” this year but came back just fine. They seem a little chorotic right now despite having been fed.

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  • The fronds were almost all burned by the freezing weather. I didn’t think to move them back under the shelter of the porch. When they put out new fronds I guess I’ll have to cut back the burned pieces.

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