Cycas revolute

Sago Palm is a dioecious, woody plant with a thick trunk covered with scars left by the stalks of fallen leaves. Leaves remain only at the top of the trunk, so that the plants look rather like palm trees. The size of the leaves, the way they are divided into narrow sections, and their stiffness are also characteristics reminiscent of palm fronds. In fact, cycads are not related to palms. Reddish-brown, velvety, hairy, fertile leaves, with four to eight ovules on the margins, grow in between the green, fan-shaped leaves on female plants. In the wild, these ovules develop into large green seeds, but this never occurs in plants grown indoors, and only very occasionally on those grown in a greenhouse. Male specimens have flat stamens arranged in cones. Other species of cycads are also very ornamental.

This plant is best grown in a conservatory or a large, glass-enclosed veranda, because the leaves require lots of space. The temperature in summer should be quite high. Cycads thrive in diffused light, as well as in full sun. Water abundantly in the summer, but restrict watering in winter. Feed with organic fertilizer once a month during the growing season, from March till August. Propagate from commercial seed or by detaching the adventitious buds that form on the trunk. The buds will put out roots in moist sand in a propagator.

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