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Cycas Genus

Fern palm

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Cycas genus (Fern palm). These are palm-like, slow-growing, woody-stemmed, evergreen perennials with pinnate fronds which spread from the top of a thick trunk.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Trees

Other common names

Sago palm, Cycad, Sago, False sago

Origin

Asia, Australia and Pacific islands

Interest and use

Grown for their palm-like appearance.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 10-13C, and will prefer full light and humus-rich, well drained soil. Water the potted specimens moderately, less when not in full growth.

Propagation

You can propagate in the spring by seeds or suckers taken from mature plants.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to red spider mites, mealy bugs and scale insects under glass.

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