Gardening

Meet the Cycas, a palm from prehistoric times

The Cycas is a palm tree that has remained unchanged since prehistoric times. This plant adapts very well to the conditions inside a home. One of the most popular species is Cycas revoluta , native to Japan and Indonesia. It has a thick trunk and dark green leaves very similar to those of the palm tree. Its leaves curve at the edges and the plant can grow up to 1.2 m tall at home… Very slowly.

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A mature plant can produce a spectacular floral cone in the center of the crown, but inside the home this is not common. The Cycas circinalis is another species of Cica, but very hard to find, originally from the islands of Madagascar. Although it is a tropical plant , it is easy to care for, but you must ensure a bright and protected place.

Cycas care throughout the year

Cycas grows very slowly and will only ask for a pot change every three or four years, when the roots are saturating the container capacity. It is essential that this plant has a compost that drains quickly so that the roots do not remain in the water; Put some pieces of clay pot in the bottom of the pot and use a good compost.

This palm tree enjoys a temperature of 13 ° C and much higher. Water the plant freely in summer and make the compost drain well; I assure you that the vegetable will thank you. Add a liquid fertilizer to the water every six weeks to maintain the nutrient level. Don’t fertilize it too often because overfeeding can cause the plant to overgrow and lose its shape.

As soon as you can, put it outside all summer long, but protect it from the strong sun. In autumn and winter, water only enough to keep the compost moist and ensure your plant a temperature of 18 ° C. If you can’t provide this temperature, reduce watering. In the winter months it is important that you get some fresh air, but not drafts.

Cycas problems

Mealybugs can attack Cycas , so to eliminate them you will have to soak a cotton ball with methyl alcohol. If the leaves turn brown it is because you do not water enough or because you expose it to the cold in winter; take the necessary measures and your plant will recover very quickly.

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