Although commonly known as the Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta is not a palm at all despite appearances. It is actually a Cycad and dates back to pre-historic time. However, just like a palm it is known for its attractive feathery fronds.
The trunk of the Cycas is known as a caudex. Stiff, shiny fronds grow in a rosette from the trunk, initially in an upright manner before arching gracefully as they age. New leaves emerge all at once rather than developing continuously. This periodic flush of new growth is known as a 'break'. New leaves are fragile, so avoid disturbing the plant at this time. However, if the leaves start to lean towards a source of light, turn the plant slightly each day until they harden.
Cycas revoluta is a majestic option for a house or office plant and will provide an ancient and exotic focal point.
Feeling hot, hot, hot! The Cycas revoluta in one of the palms that can handle some direct sunlight. Providing full early morning and late afternoon sun will increase growth rate.
Dust from time-to-time and remove any dead leaves, cutting close to the trunk. The fronds are delicate and slow to grow, so handle carefully to avoid damage.
Some spray a day will keep yellow away! No one is a fan of yellow leaves, and this palm like many others likes lots of humidity. Moving to a high humid environment or using an atomiser will keep the yellowing at bay.
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