Cycas plants are slow growers that produce new leaves in a plume-like whorl at the top of the trunk during a single flush of growth in the spring when they need consistent moisture to make the leaves look their best.
More Information About Cycas
Plants in the genus Cycas are exotic plants from tropical and subtropical parts of the world with a striking symmetric architectural beauty. Members of the genus Cycas are called cycads and although their more common name is Sago Palm, cycas species are not palm trees (an angiosperm) but rather are ancient gymnosperms whose closest living relative is the ginkgo. Cycad plants feature long, leathery, feather-like leaves and a thick palm-like caudex (trunk). In fact, the name cycas was coined by Greek naturalist Theophrastus from the word "koikas" for "an unknown palm".
Most people in the US are familiar with Cycas revoluta, a houseplant cycad also known as the King Sago. There are a few cycas species that display enough cold tolerance to be used in warm temperate gardens, and we have diligently trialed these hardy cycads to make them available to you. Cycas plants are slow growers that produce new leaves in a plume-like whorl at the top of the trunk during a single flush of growth in the spring. During that growth period they need consistent moisture to make the leaves look their best.
Tips for Growing Cycas
In the winter, cycads prefer well-drained sandy soil and drier conditions to prevent root rot. They are also salt tolerant plants. Cycas species are heavy feeders, so you should give them plenty of compost. After a few years of growth, they become quite drought-tolerant. They prefer sunny spots, but adapt well to partial shade conditions.