Cycas revoluta

Sago palm, kungi palm

(31 customer reviews)

From: £114.95

This majestic slow-growing Japanese cycad is the easiest to cultivate, with mature plants usually hardy enough to stay outside in mild gardens given good drainage and protection from harsh frosts.

A prehistoric architectural wonder, it relishes a bright position and juvenile plants are ideal for a conservatory or sunny window.

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Origin: Japan
Genus: Cycas
Species / Cultivar: Revoluta
Common Name: Sago palm, kungi palm

Plant Biography

Cycas revoluta is native to Southern Japan. It is also cultivated elsewhere as one of the sources of ‘sago,’ a starchy staple food consumed by some communities in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This is the origin of the common name Sago palm, which is a bit of a misnomer since this is not actually a palm!

The scientific species name ‘revoluta’ comes from the Latin word for ‘curled back,’ referring to the distinctive arrangement of the leaves. In Urdu speaking areas, this plant is known as the kungi palm, meaning ‘comb.’

Cycas revoluta
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Moderate
Some special care needed, which may include pruning or winter protection.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1.5-3m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Use horticultural fleece to protect foliage and growing point when keeping a mature specimen outside for the winter in milder areas. If the foliage is damaged by the weather, you can cut it all off in mid spring which encourages a generous new flush of replacement growth.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Outdoors: Make sure to give Cycas revoluta protection (such as with fleece jackets) during colder winter months. Juvenile plants are better kept in cool bright positions indoors in the cooler months until eventually they are developed enough to withstand milder winters protected outside. Whilst mature plants can become large multi-branched specimens, this happens at a glacial pace over a great many decades.

Indoors: During the active growth period, when new fronds are pushing through, we recommend that you not move the plants position or change its rotation. If you do, the needles can rotate and harden in misshapen and twisted positions.

Once the active growth period has ended (which usually lasts for about 2 months) the plant can be moved without any problems.

Cycas revoluta as a Houseplant

Cycas revoluta as a Houseplant

Cycas revoluta may have been around for millions of years, but only recently have people adopted it into their homes as a houseplant.

Indoors the Sago Palm can thrive and make for a stunning centrepiece. Make sure to place it in a position with indirect and some direct sun and water well in the hot summer months.

Just received my cycas revoluta by courier right on the given time. Plant is of top quality as I’ve come to expect, fabulous company to deal with, excellent communication throughout the order process, why go elsewhere?

Jeff D.

Just received my cycas revoluta by courier right on the given time. Plant is of top quality as I’ve come to expect, fabulous company to deal with, excellent communication throughout the order process, why go elsewhere?

31 customer reviews for Cycas revoluta

I bought the 5ltr pot and was very impressed with both the condition of the plant and the packaging. The plant is very healthy and a superb addition to my large collection of plants.

Ros

Bought the 5 litre pot and it has just arrived. So exciting to unwrap and fantastic value for money. Cant wait to plant it out

Carole Martin

very swift delivery, palm of an excellent size and in very good condition. thank you.

steve bowyer

Bought the 100/110cm and it is stunning! It arrived well packaged and in amazing condition!

Steve