View Full Version : Free Sago Palm Pups

05-20-2012, 07:03 AM
Got about a dozen that I took off my 6'
Some softball size and some bigger.
A couple are basketball size for sale cheap or trade for something ?
Send PM, pick up at Torrance beach.

Random Photobucket pics so you get the idea.


This very symmetrical plant supports a crown of shiny, dark green leaves on a thick shaggy trunk that is typically about 20 cm (7.9 in) in diameter, sometimes wider. The trunk is very low to subterranean in young plants, but lengthens above ground with age. It can grow into very old specimens with 67 m (over 20 feet) of trunk; however, the plant is very slow-growing and requires about 50100 years to achieve this height. Trunks can branch multiple times, thus producing multiple heads of leaves.
Cycas revoluta

The leaves are a deep semiglossy green and about 50150 cm (2059 in) long when the plants are of a reproductive age. They grow out into a feather-like rosette to 1 m (3.3 ft) in diameter. The crowded, stiff, narrow leaflets are 818 cm (3.17.1 in) long and have strongly recurved or revolute edges. The basal leaflets become more like spines. The petiole or stems of the Sago Cycad are 610 cm (2.43.9 in) long and have small protective barbs that must be avoided.

Propagation of Cycas revoluta is either by seed or by removal of basal offsets. As with other cycads, it is dioecious, with the males bearing cones and the females bearing groups of megasporophylls. Pollination can be done naturally by insects or artificially.
Cultivation and Uses

Cycas revoluta is one of the most widely cultivated cycads, grown outdoors in warm temperate and subtropical regions, or under glass in colder areas. It grows best in sandy, well-drained soil, preferably with some organic matter. It needs good drainage or it will rot. It is fairly drought-tolerant and grows well in full sun or outdoor shade, but needs bright light when grown indoors. The leaves can bleach somewhat if moved from indoors to full sun outdoors.

Of all the cycads, the Sago Palm is the most popular in horticulture. It is seen in almost all botanical gardens, in both temperate and tropical locations. In many areas of the world, it is heavily promoted commercially as a landscape plant. It is also quite popular as a bonsai plant. First described in the late 18th century, it is native to various areas of southern Japan and is thus tolerant of mild to somewhat cold temperatures, provided the ground is dry. Frost damage can occur at temperatures below −10 C (14 F) and there are several healthy plants that have been grown with little protection as far north as Nashville, Tennessee and Newport News, Virginia, both are in zone 7b. C. revoluta usually defoliates in this temperate climate, but it usually will flush (or grow) several new leaves by April. It does however require hot summers with mean temperatures of 30 to 35 C (86 to 95 F) for successful growth, making outdoor growing impossible in colder places such as northern Europe or the Northeast US, even where winter temperatures are not too cold. One disadvantage of its domestic use is that it is poisonous to animals (this includes humans).

Cycad Sago Palm is extremely poisonous to animals (this includes humans) if ingested. Pets are at particular risk since they seem to find the plant very palatable.[2] Clinical symptoms of ingestion will develop within 12 hours and may include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, seizures, liver failure, or hepatotoxicity characterized by icterus, cirrhosis, and ascites. The pet may appear bruised, have nose bleeds (epistaxis), melena (blood in the stool), hematochezia (bloody straining), and hemarthrosis (blood in the joints).[3] The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center estimates a fatality rate of 50 to 75 percent when ingestion of the Sago Palm is involved. The incidence of Sago Palm ingestion by pets has risen by over 200% in the last five years.[4] If any quantity of the plant is ingested, a poison control center or doctor should be contacted immediately. Effects of ingestion can include permanent internal damage and death.

All parts of the plant are toxic; however, the seeds contain the highest level of the toxin cycasin. Cycasin causes gastrointestinal irritation, and in high enough doses, leads to liver failure.[5] Other toxins include Beta-methylamino L-alanine, a neurotoxic amino acid, and an unidentified toxin which has been observed to cause hindlimb paralysis in cattle.[6]

07-24-2012, 09:18 AM
The information is very interesting. Thanks for sharing the info.

07-24-2012, 11:04 AM
That was pretty cool info,I just planted about 8 pups my neighbor gave me,I have 4 very large tortoise in my back yard and a koi pond,never thought of the palms as toxic but after reading your post I'm going to be a little more careful about placement.Thanks.

Cya Tuna Vic

white belt
07-24-2012, 11:56 AM
Vic you have sulcatas? I have a yearling. Got her at about 8 weeks old.

07-25-2012, 01:30 PM
No mine are actually another type I prefer not to mention species,Sulcatas are pretty cool,someone in my neighborhood has a few,and a couple of them are huge!

Cya Tuna Vic