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Sago Palm Trees

Sago Palm Trees

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Author: Janet Smith
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The Sago Palm Tree isn't actually a palm but instead a cycad that is closely related to evergreen plant conifers more than palm trees. Regardless it’s still a beautiful tree and I will still consider it to be a palm.


Yet it somehow became recognized with being a palm and is very rarely referred to as a cycad other than by those who know.


The difference between the two is that palms are monocotyledons and its seeds will sprout only one leaf at a time, on the other hand, a cycad is dicotyledons which means thy will sprout two leaves from the seed.


While this plant may not be a true palm, its shape and size make it one of the most utilized specimens in the landscape of tropical gardens all around and most everyone still looks at it as a palm tree species.


Regardless of age or size, The Sago Palm Tree (more with plant tree identification app) or otherwise known as the Cycas revoluta is one of the easiest plants to grow as indoor palm trees as well as growing them outdoors.


This subtropical sago palm adapts to a wide range of temperatures from 15 to 110 degrees F, one of the reasons that make it easy to grow palm trees.


Growing Your Sago Palm Tree


The Sago Palm Tree accepts full sun or bright interior light, thrives with attention, and tolerates neglect. These Cycads are extremely long-lived and are thought to bring good luck to those who have them in their homes or garden.


For Sago Palm, their growing temperature is between 15 to 110 degrees. Temperatures in the high teens may cause frost-damage to the Sago Palm leaves which may turn yellow or brown. It this happens, cut the leaves to reduce stress on the plant and encourage new leaves in the spring. If temperatures fall below 15, the Sago Palm may die, however, as long as the trunk and leaf crown stay intact and don’t become soft and start to deteriorate it might recover. If the trunk turns soft, your sago may be damaged beyond recovery.


There are a few precautions to take to make sure your Sago Palm thrives. The new leaves which add considerably to the beauty of the plant are very delicate and should not be disturbed.


The plant should not be allowed to dry out completely. Especially when new leaves are being formed although the house next to me has one and was vacant and for sale for about 6 months with no water and I was really surprised that it remained in perfectly healthy condition.


The Sago Palm grows very, very slow, up to 12 inches per year. If you want to reproduce Sago Palms or to give away to friends, you have to be incredibly patient.


Sago palm plants are either male or female. So in order to pollinate them, you have to use the technique of hand pollination.


The best time to pollinate is in late April or early May, but the female seed is already ready to be harvested in January or February. So you can place the seed in water in the beginning of the year and once the red coating is soft it can be removed. Leave the hard white coat on the seed. You can try to plant it immediately or hold onto it until spring I recommend waiting until spring.


The seed is planted sideways and only the very top edge should be in moist soil. Do not allow the soil to become too soggy the seed will not thrive if it does.


Normally a Sago Palm seed takes three months to start to sprout, don't forget that the Sago Palm is a slow grower so it will be a year before it is even an inch big. I know ahhhhhhh it’s a painstaking tree to grow.


In place of hand pollination, another method is to remove an offshoot from a strong Sago Palm. This can be done by popping it out of the ground. Dry the shoot out for about a week then plant it and water it a lot.

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