Sago palm: Cycas revoluta

Cycas revoluta is a member of the Cycadaceae family. Although it is usually associated with the Mediterranean, it is native to Japan and south-east Asia.

The short, thick trunk can reach 3 m (10 ft) in height. The large pinnate leaves consist of many small leathery leaflets and they form a crown of palm-like fronds. It needs space and prefers partial shade. The soil should always be slightly moist especially during the growing season. Nevertheless, it prefers dry conditions to excessive moisture. It also benefits from small, weekly applications of fertilizer. In winter, it should be kept in a light room at a temperature of 10-15° C (50-59° F). It is particularly sensitive to light in spring when it is first taken outdoors.

It is raised from seed in spring at a temperature of 30° C (86° F), but it rarely produces seeds when cultivated. It is prone to attacks by scale insects and spider mites. All parts of the plant are very poisonous.

03. July 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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