Oct 25th, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Cycas revoluta more commonly known as Sago palm. Sago palms are gymnosperms and are members of the Cycadaceae family. Gymnosperms are a group of vascular plants that produce seeds unprotected by an ovary or fruit and include conifers, cycads, ginkgo, and gnetophytes. Gymnosperm literally means “naked fruit”. Cycads are one of the oldest plant groups and evolved during the Jurassic period. Sago palms are native to Japan including the Ryukyu Islands. Sago palms have a bulbous base with sharp, green foliage.
Let’s talk about care. Sago palms love bright, indirect light and a warm environment. The brightest window in your home will make this plant very happy. Plant in a potting soil with sharp drainage. We recommend using Espoma’s Organic Cactus Mix which has just the right amount of added sand and perlite. Sago palms are drought tolerant, but during its growing do like a moderately moist soil. Allow the top 3-4 inches of soil to dry before giving a good soak. Allow to dry down almost completely during the winter months as this slow grower is growing even slower. As always, keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs and spider mites. Check for pests weekly when watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.