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Friday, 7 October 2016

Hooray! My Cycad is flushing!

In April this year (2016), I was worried about my Cycad (Cycas revoluta (Sago Palm), afraid that it was dying because all the leaves started lying down flat. I got a lovely comment from "A" at that post, saying,

"Hi Maree, I'm quite confident that there is absolutely nothing wrong with your cycas. It is quite common for them to skip a season without flushing, sometimes stress related, but I doubt this is the cause. With cycas you can almost always tell if something is wrong by looking at the colour of the leaves - like if there was a mineral shortage they would turn yellowish or show signs of burns at the tips of the leaves the most common problem and cause of death with them is root-rot, this can also be picked up by looking at the leaves - the base of the leaves becomes a darkish rot-like brown, which progresses towards the tip of the leaves as the root rot becomes worse and goes untreated. Just as a side note - you won't be able to see changes in the current set of leave if you try and correct the condition by adding compost or whatever, it will only show in the new set.

But with yours, I suspect the answer might relate to the age of your plant - as the plant gets older the flush gets larger and preparing for the larger flush takes more time and nutrients. So I think it would be safe to say that you can expect a nice large one before December this year. You can also try feeding it with Seagrow or just a healthy dose of compost from your heap and watch it prosper."

And now, here's the wonderful proof of this!

I am absolutely thrilled that he is OK! I've been spending the winter worrying about him and talking to him, and at the end of winter I did give him a good dose of compost.

So, a big thank you "A", for setting my mind at ease and also for the wonderful information you imparted, very grateful for that!


  1. Hooray! Glad your Sago Palm is okay.

  2. Hi Maree

    Very glad the advise turned out to be sound.

    For me cycads are some of the most rewarding plants to grow, just look how this plant rewarded all your effort and care! And at current size, I'm sure this plant will show you in the next or the season after if it is a boy or a girl.

    If you don't mind the burden of permits, I would highly recommend getting one of the indigenous species - something like an E. Horridus. Although more sensitive than the Revoluta, you will have a feature plant in your garden with no equal.

    The problem with cycads is that we tend to literally "love them to death", in most cases dying due to over watering, over feeding or being moved to a "better" location, when all that is actually needed is a bit of patients.

    Happy growing!


    1. Aaah yes, your advice set my mind at ease A and after a good composting, I just let him be! And you should see him/her now! I've just done another post showing the "new" him'/'her', so please stop by to have a look!

      PS: the only thing I'm worried about getting another cycad, is I don't know if I'll be around to enjoy him! Ha ha! I'm 71 now and it took this one 12 years to be so beautiful, but I guess someone else is also welcome to enjoy him. And thank you once again for setting my mind at ease!


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