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
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.
Thanks so much for the info,Izrddr. Hope I didn't insult her by calling her a bald headed man!
If there's any males around you might end up with seed.
That sago looks very happy and healthy.
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
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.
Thanks plantsman56! I'll let it be and see what happens. It's not the easiest thing to get in to. :)
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.