4.4 out of 5 (37 experiences)
About Sago Palm
These palm-like plants are not actually palms, and are actually most closely related to pine trees! They are evergreen perennials that could be found all over the world during the Jurassic period. Since then, their numbers have dropped as flowering plants took over. They are now threatened worldwide and almost all the species are listed as threatened by the IUCN Redlist. 😢
Also known as
King sago, Sago Cycad, Japanese sago palm and Cycad
How to care for Sago Palm
Sago Palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.
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Sago Palm love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.
Sago Palm does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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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 Sago Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
What other plant parents say
I’ve had this for one year now and the only change I see is a few little needles are browning. It’s sharp AF so put it somewhere it can’t poke your @ss when you walk by.
I love the prehistoric look and it’s easy to care for. Doesn’t seem to care if I water it on time or never. But other than that it’s quite boring and therefore not very rewarding.
I found my sago palm next to the community dumpster at my apartment and figured I would make this thing my responsibility, so I stuck it outside on my SE facing balcony and promptly forgot about it for a few weeks. This plant is surprisingly easy to neglect, which is perfect because this plant also really enjoys neglect. I water deeply every 2-3 weeks and fertilize when I happen to think about it. The first set of leaves from its previous dumpster parents are kind of brown and a bit bent, but new leaves unfurl nicely and are very green. If you have a sunny outdoor space but also have ADHD, you can definitely keep a sago palm alive.
This plant is not actually a palm, it’s in the fern family- I am unable to successfully grow ferns, I have tried. Ferns and aloe plants drop dead of “failure to thrive” in my house. Spam is currently hanging on by a thread- not sure if it’s passed over, or still with us.🧙♀️⌛️
This plant is impossible to kill. It gets no direct sunlight EVER and almost no indirect sunlight on any given day. I found it next to a garbage can on a cold night and even then it didn’t show any noticeable signs of stress. It can go weeks without watering and still looks as healthy as the day after you watered it.