Caring For The Cycas (King Cycas)
General Sago Palm Care
While cycads generally prefer very bright light, they will also tolerate low light. They prefer staying on the dry side as excessive watering leads to root rot. Indoors or out, the sago palm tree prefers a light, well-drained soil with ample sun.
With minimal care, these rugged plants can last a lifetime and then some. Slow-growing and long-lived your plant may not bloom (produce a cone) in the first 15 years of its life or even ever at all.
Cycas revoluta periodically produces a lovely new flush of leaves called “break” which compensates for its slow-growing habit.
These tender new leaves emerge all at once in a crowning or circular pattern or feather-like rosette. Several weeks later, the leaves become harder, and stiffer. When plant’s reach the reproductive stage, the semi-glossy green leaves have strongly recurved edges.
Keeping Your Potted Sago Palm
Outdoors, these plants are hardy in the summer & spring however, they make ideal indoor potted ornamental plants as well as bonsai plants and can stay indoors in any region all year round. Check out these tips to successfully care for Cycad as potted indoor houseplants.
- Keep plants in an area that gets plenty of bright indirect sunlight. The temperature should remain around 15 degrees C throughout the day and between 5+ degrees C overnight.
- Protect the cycad plant from hot or cold drafts. Don’t place it too close to a window or a cooling or heating vent. Place the plant between five and eight feet away from very sunny windows. This will protect it from excessive, burning sunlight.
- Place plants out of high traffic areas to protect its leaves from breakage.
- Turn the plant a quarter turn every couple of weeks throughout the year except for in the spring. In the springtime when new leaves begin to grow, simply let the plant sit.
- Check the soil moisture in the pot once a week by poking your finger into the top two or three inches. If the soil is dry, water the plant thoroughly. If it is still moist wait a few days and check again.
- Empty the drip tray under your plant after you finish watering. Don’t allow it to stand in water because this will cause root rot.
- Fertilize your plant when watering using an 18-6-18 water soluble plant feed. Mix one teaspoon of fertilizer into a gallon of water for proper dilution during the growing season. Start in the springtime when you see new growth. Stop fertilizing in mid-fall, and do not fertilize throughout the winter.
- Check plants once a month and trim a sago palm any Yellowing or dead leaves and dust the fronds with a soft cloth. When you prune dead growth, be sure to prune it close to the trunk. Use a sharp, clean set of pruning shears.
- In the springtime when new growth appears, check to see if the plant is root bound. If the plant and roots seem crowded in its current container, you will want to consider re potting. Select a pot two inches larger than the pot your plant currently grows in. It goes without saying that it must have good drainage holes in the bottom.