Harvesting the Sago seed (Cycas
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Seed collecting, Germination
Cycas revoluta (Sago Palm)
Germination & Propagating pups
The harvesting of Sago seed in South Texas
starts about mid February and extends into early March. The best
time of day, is early morning when it is still cool yet pleasant.
We're armed with buckets, gloves, long sleeves and a long stick,
the later is for snakes, and some deadly one's at that! Last
summer Jana, Irene and myself pollinated the female plants with
pollen from the male cones which were removed and each pollinated female
were then tagged with a pink ribbon, making it easier to locate
the plants during harvest. After all the seed have been picked,
they are placed in soaking tubs for two days and finally cleaned.
Removing and planting the pups or suckers that appear on and around
the mother plant, is really quite easy. (1) Remove pup by cutting
or sawing from main trunk, some can even be pulled off. This
will not hurt the cycad, unless trunk has been sawed into, then
it becomes a matter of cosmetics. I let my pups set out for a
couple days before planting. (2) use small pots, as larger one
will be hard to water correctly and it will be a while before
roots and plant are seasoned and established. (3) using a mixture
of one part garden sand to one part Pete moss, fill each container
to about 3/4 to the top of the pot. (4) push pup into pot so
that about 1/3 of the bulb is into the soil. (5) water and place
in a warm well lighted area. Do not keep pups water logged, as
they will rot, let pots dry to about 1/3 down before watering.
(6) Roots form from a few weeks to six months or more.
More information can be found
in Robert L. Riffle's book "The
Tropical Look " also