Plant Care Sago Palm
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Sago Palm

4.5 out of 5 (31 experiences)

Sago Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Sago Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

king sago, sago cycad and Japanese sago palm

Taxonomy

Cycas revoluta
Cycas
Cycadaceae
Cycadales

How to care for Sago Palm

Water

How often to water your Sago Palm

Water needs for Sago Palm
0.5 cups
every 9

Sago 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 Sago Palm

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Sago Palm in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sago Palm: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

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 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Sago Palm in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Sago Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sago 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 Sago Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Sago Palm is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Sago Palm

Sago Palm

Sago Palm


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Sago Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 12
Sago Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 11
Sago Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Sago Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Sago Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Sago Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Sago Palm has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 907 XP
10/04/2021

Resilient

Survivor Survivor
Serap avatar
@Serap
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
08/28/2021

exotic

Meggo avatar
@Meggo
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 975 XP
globe San Carlos, California
08/26/2021

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.

Survivor Survivor
Lilyiscool avatar
@Lilyiscool
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 194 XP
08/18/2021

At first the leaves started browning so i decided to put it outside and it’s doing a lot better there. I would say it’s easy to take care of and doesn’t need water to often.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Thegreenwitch
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 555 XP
globe Williamston, North Carolina
08/13/2021

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.🧙‍♀️⌛️

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Maggie avatar
@Maggie
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 207 XP
globe St. Louis, Missouri
07/09/2021

Leaves are very sharp and pointy - put somewhere that you won’t brush against it regularly!

Survivor Survivor
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@Risaree1957
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,188 XP
globe Tualatin, Oregon
07/06/2021

This is a slow growing cactus from seed. It lost two leaves during transfer but the remaining leaf is going good. It had a few brown spots when I got it but they haven’t progressed do it’s stable.

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jahmilamae avatar
@Jahmilamae
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 689 XP
globe Atlanta, Georgia
07/06/2021

The sago palm is a slow flower

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@Oliviasteele
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 243 XP
07/01/2021

Bad for animals

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Bubzanderson avatar
@Bubzanderson
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 429 XP
globe Richmond, Virginia
06/04/2021

Cool looking plant that doesn’t need a whole bunch of attention

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Undomesticatedturtle avatar
@Undomesticatedturtle
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 92 XP
globe Morgantown, West Virginia
04/30/2021

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.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Mars avatar
@Mars
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 229 XP
globe Austin, Texas
03/17/2021

Grows so fast!! The plant gets tall and wide, so make sure you put it in a spot with plenty of space for it to flourish.

Fast grower Fast grower
Angcookie97 avatar
@Angcookie97
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 290 XP
globe New York
02/16/2021

Beautiful, fun looking plant! Use caution, though— it’s toxic to humans and pets.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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