Sago Palm Care

Cycas revoluta

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 will retain the right amount of water.

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Detailed Sago Palm Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Sago Palm is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Avoid placing them 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 by division (is 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 Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your 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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If the yellowing starts from the tip and moves its way up the leaf then it is most often caused by overwatering. Replace the soil if waterlogged and adjust your watering schedule going forward.

If the yellowing occurs randomly throughout the plant then this is an indication that it is getting too much direct light. Move your plant to a slightly shadier spot and trim away the worst affected areas.

If your Sago Palm is losing one or two of the bottom leaves occasionally then this is just natural ageing and nothing to worry about if the rate doesn’t increase.

Sago Palms are very slow growers and may only produce one or two new leaves each year. Be patient, a lack of growth doesn’t mean you aren’t caring for it properly, they are just slow!

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