Plant Care Sago Palm

Sago Palm

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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. 😢


Cycas revoluta

Also known as

King sago, Sago Cycad, Japanese sago palm and Cycad

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Sago Palm is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Sago Palm →

Common Sago Palm Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Sago Palm prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Sago Palm Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Sago Palm requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Sago Palm Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Sago Palm is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Sago Palm is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

Sago Palm Toxicity to Dogs →

Sago Palm Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Sago Palm doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Sago Palm Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Sago Palm does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Sago Palm →

When and How to Successfully Repot Sago Palm →

💩 Fertilizer

Sago Palm grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Sago Palm →

🌎 Native Region

Sago Palm is native to Old World.

🌸 Flowers

Sago Palm does not flower.

Sago Palm Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Sago Palm grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Sago Palm →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Sago Palm can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Sago Palm Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Sago Palm can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Sago Palm →

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Sago Palm, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Sago Palm

Sago Palm

Sago Palm

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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 16
Sago Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 13
Sago Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Sago Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
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 Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@Mrsjenger avatar
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globe Ann Arbor, MI

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.

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globe Madison, WI

It is very toxic to animals and people. I’ve found a new home for my Sago Palm, that doesn’t have pets.

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globe San Carlos, CA

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
@TheGreenWitch avatar
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globe Williamston, NC

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
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globe St. Louis, MO

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

Survivor Survivor
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globe Tualatin, OR

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.

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globe Atlanta, GA

The sago palm is a slow flower

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Bad for animals

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Survivor Survivor
@Bubzanderson avatar
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globe Richmond, VA

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

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globe Morgantown, WV

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
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@Mars avatar
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globe Austin, TX

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.

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@Angcookie97 avatar
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globe New York

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

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