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Sago palm (Cycas Revoluta) flushing Zone 7 (MD)


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Hello everyone,

This is my first post on the Palm Talk Forum and I thought it might be useful to share that my mature pair(Male on right, Female on left) of Sago palms (cycas revoluta) have just started flushing. We had a rather chilly winter this year and unfortunately I neglected to cover them resulting in almost total defoliation . Nevertheless, they both appear to be coming back with the male on the right pushing out new growth quite quickly. While I also have a few other specimens these two are definitely my pride and joy.





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I’m amazed…my daughter has a place in Churchton on the bay and her neighbor’s sago bit the dust…yours looks ancient…how do you keep it coming back year after year? Maybe my daughter can give her neighbor some of that advice…

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Hurray! They made it. Even some of the suckers are starting to flush. They saw temperatures as low as 10 degrees fahrenheit (much colder than the past few years) this year along with periods of prolonged freezing. I am not above protecting palms, or cycads, but I decided to cold test them to see if they are hardy or not. All of the sagos with a trunk over 1 foot in height appear to have survived. I should also mention that I had 2 three gallon sized trachys spear pull this year, one of which did not make it. 



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I’m in noma/Capitol Hill area of DC and I’ve had flushed in all 4 of my Sagos this year. The largest one flushed in the third week of May.  We just moved here from upper NW DC and it’s quite a bit sunnier, and slightly less harsh overall on the coldest days.  In 7 years we’ve never had one die.  Even in pots outside yet round.  They appear tO adjust and adapt remarkably better than most people may think.

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