Harvesting the Sago seed (Cycas revoluta)

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Cycas revoluta
Seed collecting, Germination &
Propagating pups.

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Cycas revoluta
(Sago Palm)
Seed Collecting, 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 Fresh Sago Seed
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Harvesting the Sago seed

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seed soaking

Clean seed

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Sago seed planted in community tub

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Small pups growing on a mother plant

A small pup that has been removed from the mother plant

Pups growing in a pot

More pups that have been planted in a pot

 Sago Palm Page One
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