Sago Palm Tree
Facts about the Sago Palm Tree
Botanists also know the Sago Palm tree as Cycas revolute. This plant is actually a close relative to the Ginko tree. These trees are extremely unique in the sense that they have changed very little over the years, unlike most plants; therefore, some may refer to this tree as a living fossil. This article will explore the ins and outs of the Sago palm tree.
This beautiful tree tends to grow relatively slow and only ranges between five and ten feet in height. In diameter, the trunk of the tree does not usually grow beyond a foot. However, it is capable of tolerating relatively cold weather, as long as it is ten degrees Fahrenheit or above. In terms of sun exposure, this plant prefers either partial shade or full sun. The circular leaves of the plant are longer if put in less light; therefore, the more light the shorter the foliage. Their manageable size makes them great for landscapes as well as pot planting. Nonetheless, if you are wishing for this plant to reach its maximum height, it is best if you plant it outdoors directly into the ground.
This plant is subtropical, making it capable of growing just about anywhere that has a relatively warm summer without temperatures dropping too low during the winters. Believe it or not, this plant only grows approximately two to five centimeters a year, if that. Anyone wishing to have a Sago Palm tree added to their landscape should take this fact into consideration and know that patience is required. Most of these trees tend to collect (or catch) leaves that fall from the trees above; be sure to plant them away from shedding trees if you wish to avoid this situation.
Being a tropical plant, it is important to thoroughly examine the heat and sun issues. First, summers need to average (not max) around seventy degrees Fahrenheit in order for it to properly grow—obviously warmer is better, but anything less than an average of seventy makes successful growth unlikely. However, warm weather alone is simply not enough. These trees prefer being directly in the sun; although partial shading is an option. At the bare minimum, make sure that the tree is directly in the sun around fifty percent of the day.
Aside from the slow growth rate and the need for heat, this plant is not ideal for those with pets. Although the plant itself is not necessary poisonous to your canines, the seeds are deadly. In hours a seemingly innocent seed can knock your dog out cold. Furthermore, if your children ingest these seeds they are relatively dangerous to them as well. Be sure to take these two factors into consideration when deciding whether or not to plant this tree in your yard.
Aside from those issues, the Sago Palm tree is pretty easy to grow—whether it is inside or out. Merely provide it with enough sun exposure, as well as a temperature between ten and one hundred and ten degrees and you are set. Furthermore, these little trees live quite a long while if provided the right environment.
The Sago Palm tree is a plant that is idea for those looking for something relatively small that will live a long time. They are not very demanding in terms of weather or watering, allowing humidity ranging from wet to dry. However, anyone with a dog or children should definitely consider the health risks to those who may ingest the seeds before purchasing and planting this tree. Growing great indoors in a pot or outdoors in the soil, this plant truly is a great investment for those with the patience to endure a slow growth rate.