'King Sago' - Cycus revoluta Available in 3 Gallon, 7 Gallon, 15 Gallon & 30 Gallon
This unique plant resembles a palm tree but is actually a cycad. These living fossils, members of the Cycadaceae family, dominated the landscape during the Mesozoic era over 150 million years ago. Today about 10 genera of cycads still survive. The most commonly grown is the Japanese sago, also called the sago palm (even though it isn't really a palm).
This very symmetrical plant supports a crown of shiny dark green leaves on a thick shaggy trunk that can grow to 10-12 ft (3-3.7 m) high. The plant is very slow gowing requiring about 50 years to achieve this height. As the plant matures branching of the thick stem may occur which only adds to the interest and charm of this beauty. Japanese sago also tends to produce suckers at its base forming a large multi-stem clump over time.
The distinctive leaves grow 4-5 ft (1.2-1.5 m) in length and are about 9 in (22.9 cm) in width. Leaves are pinnate and are composed of a rigid midrib with glossy leaflets arranged in a plane along its length. These leaflets are revolute which means that they curl under along their edge - this attribute provides the plant's species name (C. revoluta). The sago is most attractive when the new leaves appear in late spring or early summer. They emerge as light green spikes, arranged in a circle around the perimeter of the trunk. They slowly uncoil growing to the ultimate length of the leaf. Then, in a graceful choreography, the individual leaflets unroll away from the midrib and the whole column of new leaves relaxes into a rosette that sits just above the existing crown of leaves.
Culture Plant in sandy, fast draining soil, preferably with some organic matter. Also recommended is a light mulch of bark or leaf mold. Plants appreciate light feedings of balanced, slow release fertilizer granules or diluted liquid fertilizers. Strong fertilizers, fresh manure and the like are best avoided as they can damage the sago's coralloid roots (specialized structures that host blue-green algae that fix nitrogen from the air and make it available to the plant). Light Bright conditions including full sun. Sago can also handle full shade with no ill effect (its leaves grown larger in the shade). Here in Florida it seems to be less susceptible to leaf spot disease when grown in semishaded conditions where it is more protected from environmental extremes. Moisture Needs good drainage or it will rot. Sago is drought resistant when mature. Provide adequate moisture for good growth. Hardiness USDA Zones 8 - 10. Many references indicate that sago is hardy only to Zone 9. I disagree. Sago is commonly used in north Florida and other Zone 8 regions. I have personally observed mature specimens surviving temperatures of 13°F (-10.5°C) without damage - the youngsters sustained leaf damage but survived. Propagation Fresh seeds should be permitted to age for 2 or 3 months in a cool place before planting. Old, dry seeds should be soaked in water for 24 hours. Plant seeds in moist sand and keep warm. Germination should occur in 2 to 3 months.
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