My Sago after worst damaged fronds cut off, 2011
New growth in a previous year.
Emerging growth, May, 2010
Late May, 2010
Late spring, a new set of fronds emerges. When my Sago was a very small pup from under Nurse Gwen's MIL's big cycad it started out with 4 new fronds. The next year it had 8 and the following year, twelve. After that it increased with multiples of 8 each year.
My neighbor's yardman cut off all the fronds on her Cycad this spring. There were numerous 'pups' she said and I could have some. I was shocked when I got there and the offsets were huge, big enough that one fits into a 2 gallon or more pot. I had to go home for bigger tools. Heavy! Those pups were heavy. When I finally hacked off the first caudix it was almost too heavy to lift into the car.
The pups have no root. They were growing from the mother plant. I researched a number of reliable sources for information on rooting the offsets. I let the wounds where they were cut away dry for more than a week. When I was ready to pot, I applied liquid rooting hormone, then dusted the dried cut edges with fungicide. I potted them in lava rock and perlite. Pumice is the potting medium of choice, not easily found in a small town so I improvised.
All that is left to do is wait for roots, then fronds. April 10, 2011.
The little twist at the top is where new fronds come out.
There were some little chips that looked as if they might root as they had a piece of the basal part and a stem where a frond came out. I tucked them in around the big pups just to see if roots will form.
Living fossils! According to what I read, there is ample food stored in the caudix to sustain the life of the cycad until roots form followed by fronds emerging from the top, which can take a year or more.
I'm willing to wait and water and bring inside this winter to protect them from the cold.