Sago Palm Care Guide

Last Updated: June 15, 2022

Basic Sago Palm Care

Sago Palms are definitely for the more patient plant parents as they are one of the slowest growing houseplants out there! Below you will find our Sago Palm care guide with all the information you need to have a happy and healthy plant.


Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.


Water Moderately

I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.


High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.


Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.

Avoid placing your Sago Palm in direct light

Sago Palms need bright but indirect light to thrive. Too much direct light will scorch the leaves and not enough sunlight will lead to a complete lack of growth and wilting leaves.

Water when the soil is dry to touch

You want to make sure that the soil on your Sago Palm doesn’t become too dry or soggy so keeping the right balance is key. Water less in winter to avoid waterlogging the soil and causing root rot.

Sago Palms love high humidity

It’s important you take some steps to boost the humidity levels around your Sago Palm. The easiest ways are misting the leaves, buying a humidifier or using a pebble tray.

Don't let it get too cold for your Sago Palm

Sago Palms need slightly warmer temperatures and will struggle in anything dramatically below room temperature. Keep them away from any drafty windows or doors as the cold air from outside will shock your plant.

Propagate your Sago Palm by division (if possible)

If you don’t want to bother with seed propagation (we don’t blame you) your best option at propagating a Sago Palm is division. Sago Palms naturally cluster up to form baby palms which can be removed from the mother and propagated.

Sago Palms are extremely toxic

You want to keep your Sago Palm well away from any children or pets as even the smallest amount can be toxic if ingested. Seek medical attention if ingested as there are many side effects.


Sago Palm FAQs

Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Sago Palm.


Common Problems with your Sago Palm

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.


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