April 25, 2011
Sago palm growing after the big freeze
This particular plant has been growing underneath a tree most of its life, but I cut the tree down late last year, so it is getting much more sun now. That is why it is one of my first cycads to flush, but also why the fronds will be shorter. The more shade a cycad gets, the longer its fronds will be as it reaches out for light. In brilliant sunshine, the fronds are stumpier. Sago palms will grow in full sun here in the desert, but they tend to sunburn a bit and not look as luxurious as the ones growing in a more tropical climate.
Expect your cycads to start flushing now through the summer. If you don't see any growth by this summer, don't give up. If the "pineapple" (the trunk) is still firm, the plant is still alive. It just may need another season. Cycads grow for hundreds of years, so they're not in much of a hurry!