Answer: Cycas revoluta, or Sago Palm, has airy, lacy, fern looking foliage in youth, but takes on more of a palm appearance as it ages. The plant likes partial shade, so if you can protect it from afternoon sun during the hottest months of the year it will thrive. Give your plant regular watering during the growing season and prepare the bed prior to planting by spreading 3"-4" of organic matter over the surface and digging it in. Don't just amend the planting hole or the roots will stay where it's moist and rich. This can lead to girdling as the roots circle around and around. Instead, incorporate the organic matter over a large area to encourage the roots to spread out and explore. Sago is a tough and hardy plant (to 15F degrees) so no protection is necessary unless you expect extremely cold weather.
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