Cycas Revolta in the growing pot
Cycas or also named peace palm is easy to maintain.
Place your Cycas in half-shadow, on a light spot, although not in the
direct light from the midday sun.
Depending on rainfall, new plants need to be watered weekly through
the first growing season. During hot spells thoroughly soaking the
ground up to 8” (20 cm) every few days is better than watering a
little bit daily.
Plants in containers can dry out quickly, depending on the weather,
and may need water more frequently than plants in the garden bed.
Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of
soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.
Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage.
Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot.
This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.
Deep watering encourages roots to grow further into the ground resulting
in a sturdier plant with more drought tolerance.
To check for soil moisture use your finger or a hand trowel to dig a small
hole and examine the soil. If the first 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, it is
time to water.
Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds,
organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation
and select a product with a nutritional balance designed to encourage blooming
(such as 5-10-5).
Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package
directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.
Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants.
A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all
Pruning may be needed to remove dead branches, encourage bushier growth,
promote more flowers, or maintain a specific size or shape.
Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape.
Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages
the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the
plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a
Many shrubs can be regularly sheared to keep them shaped as a hedge, edging
or formal foundation planting.
When pruning to control a plant's size or shape, cuts should be made just above
a leaf bud and at a slight angle. This bud will be where the new growth sprouts.
Remove old flowers to keep plant looking healthy and prevent seed production that
drains the plant's energy at the expense of forming new flowers.
Always use sharp, clean tools when pruning. There are many tools available depending
on the job. Hand shears, pruners, and loppers are ideal for most shrubs. Pole pruners
and tree saws are better for large, mature shrubs or trees. If a tree is so large that it
can't be safely pruned with a pole pruner, it is best to call in a professional tree service.
The pot size is 14 cm, the height of the plant is 50 cm.
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