Whats going on with my Sago

pcputAugust 10, 2014

My sago looks like a bald headed man, while my neighbors has a full head of hair. Is there something wrong with mine? If so what do I do about it? Thanks

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lzrddr(91360)

you have a female plant and it has made a cone. eventually it will tire of wasting the energy to do that, the cone will fall apart and a new head of leaves will appear... could take a year or two, though.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 3:51PM
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pcput

Thanks so much for the info,Izrddr. Hope I didn't insult her by calling her a bald headed man!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 4:10PM
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tropicbreezent

If there's any males around you might end up with seed.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 10:59AM
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islandbreeze

That sago looks very happy and healthy.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 12:29PM
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pcput

tropicbreezent - How do you recognize a male? I've read the seeds are a problem. Toxic I think.

Islandbreeze - Thanks, I'm trying to learn to take care of it

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:51PM
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plantsman56

That is a HUGE cluster. It looks like it did get pollinated from some male that could have been up to a half mile away from you. In a couple more months, you can look through the cluster and see orange seeds being produced that are already larger than a half inch round. If it produces seeds, the cluster will fall apart around Christmas time and then flush new leaves around April or May. Or, even though I am not suggesting this since your plant is looking so healthy, you can remove the cluster one sporaphyll at a time and fertilize it well and it will still flush new leaves this fall.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 8:54PM
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pcput

Thanks plantsman56! I'll let it be and see what happens. It's not the easiest thing to get in to. :)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 6:18PM
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plantsman56

Make sure to give it some good fertilizer all the way into spring. A cluster full of seeds can use up to 60% of the starch content of the stem while feeding those seeds. Fertilizing it with a strong fertilizer will help the plant gain strength and gain back that starch content, which of course is the secret to cycads, since everything they do relates to this.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 10:55PM
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