King Sago Palm Tree Seeds Cycas revoluta Exotic Tropical Cycad Living Fossil
Grow a living fossil! Growing Sago Palms from seed is very easy. This plant has become one of the most popular plants for the landscape. They are actually a cycad. They are one of the oldest species of plants that still exist. Appearing on earth during the Paleozoic Era from 350 to 250 million years ago, they were growing long before the flowering plants appeared.
Would you believe that they were the dominant plant in the Mesozoic Era and lived right alongside dinosaurs? Because of this, they are called “living fossils.” This era is actually called the “Age of Cycads.” These plants have changed very little since that time.
Sago Palms have strong, sturdy trunks that grow to about one to two feet in diameter. Dark olive-green leaves grow to 3-4 feet. Younger plants begin with a rosette of leaves coming from a stem near the ground. Today the oldest types of plants are becoming increasingly endangered in the wild.
The sago is easy to care for. It is hardy to 15 degrees and can withstand a short freeze. This plant can live a very long time and is one of the longest-living plants in the natural habitat. A typical life span can range between hundreds to thousands of years!
SO grow a living fossil today!
Soak in warm water for 24 - 48 hours to soften the fruit on the outside of the seed. They may float if the seed embryo inside has shrunk- this is normal in nature
Place seed in a deep container with at least 6 inches of good soil
Keep soil moist but not soggy
Press the seed halfway into the soil so that the pointy tip is facing up. Some growers have better results by laying the seed on its side. This allows for the tip to produce a healthy tap root to go down into the soil, while the first set of leaves will shoot up.
Once the Sago Palm seed is been planted, water well and place the growing container in a warm, shaded area that will get partial sun.
Do not place in the direct scorching sun. This will cause the seedlings to dry out too quickly. and possibly burn before they develop a good root system.
Allow the soil to almost dry out before watering.
When the seedlings begin to put on the set of ‘true leaves they can be transplanted into larger pots or planted directly to the landscape site.
BE PATIENT - they will take several months to germinate and often longer in its natural environment