Plant Care Sabal Palm

Sabal Palm

Also known as

Blue palmetto, Blue palmetto, Cabbage palm, Cabbage-palm, Palmetto, Cabbage palmetto, Carolina palmetto, Common palmetto, Swamp cabbage and Sabal palm


Sabal palmetto

How to care for Sabal Palm


How often to water your Sabal Palm

Water needs for Sabal Palm
0.5 cups
every 9

Sabal Palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Sabal Palm

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Blue palmetto in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sabal Palm: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Sabal Palm may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Sabal Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sabal Palm: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Sabal Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Sabal Palm

Sabal Palm

Sabal Palm

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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