Cycas Revoluta, Sago Palm - Plant

Sago Palms is one of the very unusual and popular ornamentals.
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About Cycas Revoluta

Sago Palms (Cycas revoluta), one of the most primitive living seed plants, are very unusual and popular ornamentals.

A rugged trunk, topped with whorled feathery leaves has lead to the common name "Sago Palm"It is actually related to conifer and Ginko trees - all cone bearing plants which trace their origins back to the ancient flora of the early Mesozoic era. Often called "living fossils", Cycads have changed very little in the last 200 million years. Although, this species is not a true palm. it has the appearance of a palm, with its feather like fronds. These fronds also look very similar to some ferns.

A plant may only produce one leaf per year, so don t expect lot s of new foliage to appear during it s growing period.

Plant Specifications

Plant Spread 12 inch (30 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name sago palm,Cycas revoluta ,Sotetsu, king sago, sago cycad, Japanese sago palm
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 6 ft (1.8 m) indoors. Can be kept dwarfed by growing it in a small pot. Sago Palm is also popularly grown as a bonsai tree.
Difficulty Level Medium

Planting and care

  • Sago Palm care is easy if you keep a few things in mind. It doesn't like its feet wet, so keep the soil on the dry side.
  • Give it light every day and fertilize lightly during the growing season.
  • This plant doesn t really like to be disturbed, so re-pot only when necessary.
  • Pruning can be done anytime to remove dead fronds.
  • Look over your plant often for scale and treat any infestation immediately with insecticide.

    Cycas Revoluta care

    The sago palm is easy enough for most growers to care for and maintain, but not quite a beginner plant. You will need to provide plenty of bright light, above average humidity levels, do not over-water and have plenty of patience with a young plant.

    Sunlight Bright light with some direct sun. Turn the pot a quarter turn at least once a week during the growing season. Otherwise, the plant will lean toward the light source.
    Watering Take care to water the soil, not the crown of the plant which can lead to crown rot and may kill the plant. Water thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out a bit between watering, but don t allow it to dry out completely. Water less in winter. Provide good drainage.
    Soil Cactus mix works well. Or combine 2 parts peat-moss based potting mix and 1 part sharp sand or perlite.
    Temperature Temperature: Average room temperatures of 65F (16C) --- 75F (24C) are suitable and no lower than 55F (12.7C).
    Fertilizer Feed monthly spring through fall with a liquid fertilizer (such as 18-6-18) diluted by half. Only fertilize when watering to avoid fertilizer burn. A slow-release fertilizer also works well, but I only use half the amount recommended on the package. The leaves will shrivel and dry up when it has been over-fed.

    Cycas Revoluta special feature

    Palms tend to lend themselves to creating shadows and reflections. You can stand a palm in an alcove that is lined with a mirror and create stunning effects. If you put one on each side of a fireplace, its even doubly stunning. The shadows cast by the palms fronds can pattern a plain wall. Spotlights can create good strong light for bold shadows.

    These are quite dramatic. Dont position spotlights too closely because this generates too much heat for the palm to withstand. Finally, lighting the plant from below can cast shadows onto opposite walls and even the ceiling.

    Cycas Revoluta uses

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is cycas plant?

    Cycas is a genus of plants belonging to a very ancient lineage, the Cycadophyta, which are not closely related to palms. ferns, trees or any other modern group of plants.

    Where to plant cycas?

    You can grow cycas in bright and indirect bright light also.

    How to plant cycas palm?

    Light These are considered low-light palms, They prefer bright, indirect sunlight. Soil This palm will grow well in almost any soil—sand, loam, or clay. It does not tolerate salty soil. Water Like many palms, parlor palms are sensitive to overwatering and cannot tolerate being waterlogged or sitting in saturated potting mix. Ideally, keep moisture at an even level. Err on the side of slightly too dry rather than overwatering. Water when the top 1 inch of the soil feels dry. Yellow fronds will indicate the plant needs more water. Temperature and Humidity The parlor palm prefers room temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F. It can tolerate a low of 50 degrees but will die with a frost. Keep it away from cold drafts near windows, vents, and outside doors. Fertilizer Feed with any organic fertilizer once or twice during the growing season and not at all during the winter. The plants are light feeders.

    Are cycad good house plants?

    Yes they are very attractive foliage plants

    How to grow cycas revoluta?

    Temperature: Temperature: Average room temperatures of 65°F (16°C) --- 75°F (24°C) are suitable and no lower than 55°F (12.7°C). Light: The cycas revoluta grows at it's best with bright light, without direct sunlight. Watering: The soil is best kept moist, so water once the soil begins to dry slightly at the top. Over-watering or watering at the crown of the plant can cause the plant to rot. During the winter reduce watering. Soil: A well draining and aerated potting mix is needed. Something like 1 part peat, 1 part pine bark and 1 part coarse sand is a suitable mix. Re-Potting: Once again because it's a slow growing plant it does not need to be re-potted every year. Once every 3 years should be fine. Fertilizer: I would feed this plant once a month from April - October with a diluted liquid fertilizer. It wont need quite as much or as often as many other foliage plants because it's so slow growing.

    How to care for cycas plant?

    Make sure your plant is getting enough amount of bright direct/indirect sunlight, f, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location. Feed it with any organic nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month.

    How to plant cycad seeds?

    Soak the seeds in a bucket of water overnight to determine which are viable. Scoop out and discard any sago palm seeds that float to the surface because they are probably not viable. Plant only the seeds that sink to the bottom of the bucket. Inspect the seeds and discard any with obvious signs of mold or damage. Prepare a container for each sago palm seed. Fill 4-inch plastic pots with a mixture of half perlite and half milled peat. Sow one seed in each pot. Lay the seed on the surface of the soil so the rounded end is parallel with the soil surface. Press the sago palm seed into the surface of the soil until it is two-thirds buried but still plainly visible. Drizzle water into the pot until the growing mixture is saturated and the water begins to drain from the bottom of the pot. Place the potted sago palm seeds in a bright, sheltered location such as on a porch or inside a lightly shaded cold frame. Warm the pots to between 75 and 90 F using a germination mat. Cover the pots with a propagation dome to hold warmth around the seeds. Maintain a constant level of light moisture in the growing mixture. Add water whenever the growing mixture feels nearly dry beneath the surface but do not allow it to become soggy since the sago palm seeds will rot.

    Is cycas a flowering plant?

    It's not a flowering plant


    Thursday, 12 March 2020

    Looking Good ....survived!!!!!!


    Friday, 28 February 2020

    I like the plant, this is the only plant survive 7 days in traffic and after 2 days it becomes healthier again.

    Vijayalakshmi Kesharwalaa

    Monday, 03 February 2020

    Absolutely superb in every way

    Nishar Ahmed
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