BOTANICAL NAME: Cycas revoluta
COMMON NAME: Sago Palm
DESCRIPTION: Dark green, glossy, stiff and pinnately divided leaves arising from a single crown at the top of the plant. Can eventually form a trunk to 3m high but unlikely in most interiorscapes.
LIGHT/POSITION: High to medium light is necessary for healthy plants but is tolerant of a wide range of temperatures.
WATERING: Dry to moist, never wet. Allow top of soil to dry out between waterings.
CLEANING: Spray with water or neem soap mix which will also serve as watering during plants resting period.
PESTS: Scale is the most common pest. Regular spraying with neem soap to discourage these from the outset. Wipe off any pests when seen.
DISEASES: None prevalent.
FERTILISING: Weak liquid fertiliser if necessary when the plant has been indoors for sometime. Growth is very slow, often only one new leaf or frond is produced each year.
PRUNING: Unnecessary – if too big, replace.
PRESENTATION: Good floor specimen where low showy plant is required. Allow space to show the plant to its advantage. Great atrium plant.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Cycas revoluta belongs to the group of plants called cycads and are palm like but are NOT palms. They are the most primitive of flowering plants.