Sago palm trees, also known as King palms, are one of the easiest plants to maintain. They grow in temperatures ranging from -9.44 to 43.3 degrees Celsius, and require little maintenance. Sago palms grow well outdoors, or indoors in a container as long as they have room to spread out. Established sago palms are drought resistance, so the plants are a good choice for dry climates.
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Things you need
- Pot, 16 inches or larger
- Pruning shears
- Humus (optional)
Plant your sago palm in a pot that is at least 16 inches in diameter. Sago palms are slow-growing, so using a large pot means you won't have to change containers for several years.
Place your potted sago palm tree close to a light source. If placed too far from natural sunlight, a sago palm will distort its growth pattern trying to reach the light.
Let the soil in your potted sago palm tree become almost dry between waterings. A tree placed in a warm, bright window will need water about once a week. If you see yellowing leaves, you are watering it too much.
Plant your sago palm tree in a spot with plenty of sunlight and good soil drainage. Do not place the plant in a deep hole where water can collect. Sago palms don't like wet roots. Mix hummus with the dirt, if you like. Sago palms like a high proportion of hummus in the soil, but they will also thrive without it.
Let the soil around your sago palm dry out between waterings.
Prune away frost-damaged leaves if temperatures drop into the mid-teens or lower. Pruning the damaged leaves will help encourage new growth in the spring.
Tips and warnings
- Turn your indoor potted sago palm one-quarter turn every few days so that all sides get equal sunlight. This will help it maintain its shape.
- Sago palms are poisonous to both humans and animals.
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