Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Cycas Revoluta JAPANESE SAGO PALM Cycadaceae House Indoor Plant

Despite its common name, this exotic plant is not a true palm but a cycad, one of the most primitive of plants. It is extremely slow- growing and therefore usually quite expensive to buy. 
Cycas Revoluta indoor house photo potted


Cycas Revoluta indoor house photo


Cycas Revoluta indoor house photo


Cycas Revoluta indoor house JAPANESE SAGO PALM image




Cycas Revoluta JAPANESE SAGO PALM image

Cycas Revoluta indoor house JAPANESE SAGO PALM image

Originally from Japan, where it grows under the tree canopy, it has a brownish pineapple-shaped stem from which projects a loose rosette of feathery fronds up to 31t/90cm long. 
                        Cycadaceae House Indoor Plant picture
Each evergreen frond has a stiff central rib, from which emerge many closely packed 3-6-in/8-15-cm-long needlelike leaflets, arranged in a chevron pattern. 
 Cycadaceae House Indoor Plant picture
 Cycadaceae House Indoor Plant
Some of the inner fronds are almost vertical, but most arch gracefully; the plant produces only one new set of leaves a year. Both male and female specimens are needed for cycas to produce its large red seeds, but they are not very likely to flower in pots, and if they do, must be hand-pollinated.
JAPANESE SAGO PALM image
FACT FILE

ORIGIN Japan.

HEIGHT To 6ft/1.8m or more
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POTTING MIX Equal parts of soil-based medium, peat moss, and coarse sand or perlite.
                    JAPANESE SAGO PALM image
REPOTTING Repot every 2-3 years, in spring or fall.

PROPAGATION In spring, by potting the basal suckers, if any, or by sowing seed. Both methods are difficult for the amateur.
Cycas Revoluta indoor house plant picture potted
KEEPING PLANTS Put the plant outdoors in summer if it is warm. Plants live for many years; 60-year-old specimens are not unusual.

PLANT CARE of Cycas Revoluta JAPANESE SAGO PALM Cycadaceae 
Cycas Revoluta indoor house plant picture
  • Strong indirect light or sunlight all year. 
  • Minimum winter temperature of 40°F/4°C, with temperatures up to 65°F/18°C at other times.
  • Allow to.dry between thorough waterings; water less in winter, especially if temperature is at the minimum. 
  • Feed once a month from spring to fall with weak liquid fertilizer.
             Cycas Revoluta indoor house plant
  • Scale insects, mealybugs, and red spider mites may attack this plant; check regularly for these pests.
  • Overwatering causes the leaves to develop brown spots or patches; underwatering turns them yellow.
  • New leaves unfurl like those of ferns. Take care: these tender young leaves are delicate and easily damaged.
         Cycas Revoluta
                    

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