Sago Palm

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  1. marjmy

    marjmy Member

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    We have just return from Phoenix and saw these plants all over down there, upon my return I find them in a garden centre. Will they survive planted in the ground in the CHilliwack area, or do I have to keep it in a pot sheltered in the winter?
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    Marjorie
     
  2. jimmyq

    jimmyq Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    No, consider them as a houseplant.
     
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    Thank you I thought that...
     
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    Sunset Cycads Active Member 10 Years

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    While a few people have had success growing them outdoors in sheltered locations, for the most part it is safest to bring them indoors over winter. There is a Youtube video about one growing in Cloverdale, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RNY_GvUWXI, but you will notice it is right next to the house, under the eaves, in a sunny location. Although sago palms (Cycas revoluta) are quite cold hardy, it is the copious rain on our Wet Coast that eventually does them in.
     
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    Yes, I've tried it, and it wasn't happy no matter where I put it - full sun, good drainage burnt it. Shadier and moister made it sulk. It survived the first winter I put it out, which had a minimum of -7c, but it just looked miserable. So I tossed it. Too prickly anyway for something that won't grow. I think Sunset Cycads is right - our cool, wet weather lasts too long, where in other zone 7-8s, the spring warms and dries up faster.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Different genus. This is Cycas revoluta.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That's a cycad, not a palm. True that some unhelpful characters in the nursery trade tell lies and call it a palm, but that's not something that sould be encouraged or tolerated.
     
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    People do the same with Cordyline australis, when of course it isn't a palm. I guess some things look like palms, so that's what they call them.
     

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