Sago Palm Care is easy, with these simple tips you can grow a healthy sago palm tree.
Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) is not a true palm but is actually a Cycad, characterized by a crown of leaves growing from a strong trunk. Sago palm includes both queen sago palm and king sago palm native to Japan. Both varieties have strong, vertical trunks, but the Japanese sago has rigid leaves.
Sago palm is a slow-growing plant that used to grow outdoors in tropical climates. In colder climates the plant is grown as a houseplant.
- Place your sago palm in bright, indirect light away from warm and sunny exposure, shade in afternoon is must. A window with eastern exposure works well. Alternatively, place the palms 5-8 feet away from window with a southern exposure, if growing indoors.
- Turn the plant weekly to prevent the plant from leaning toward the sunlight.
- Water sago palm slowly and deeply until the it begins to seep out from drainage holes.
- If the container it is planted in is small and less than 6 inches in diameter, water again until the top of the potting soil is dry to the touch. If the container is large, do not water until the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry.
- Do not allow water to splash on the crown of the plant, which is where the roots meet the trunk.
- Water sparingly in winter, but does not allow the soil to dry completely.
- Keep your sago palm indoors in winter.
- Fertilize your plant every month from spring to mid fall (autumn), using any nitrogen rich liquid fertilizer suitable for houseplants. Do not fertilize after mid fall until the end of winter.