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Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta

Common Name: Sago Palm

Type: Tropical evergreen

Family: Cycadaceae

Zone: 9 to 11     Find Your Zone

Height: 8 to 10 feet

Width: 6 to 8 feet

Bloom Time: only at full maturity

Sun exposure: full sun

Soil: well drained sandy

Leaves: evergreen


Sago Palm is not actually even a palm. This slow growing plant is closer related to the fern but considered a conifer. Sago prefers well drained soil and does not like to stay wet, therefore letting Sago palm dry out between watering. Older growth will turn yellow and then brown. When this happens, cut off the dead frown. Too much water or poor drainage can turn it yellow, therefore you need to cut back on water and repot it ASAP. Scale is Sago’s biggest threat, therefore an insecticidal soap may be needed.


One feeding in spring should be enough, as this plant does not require much fertilizer. Put down a 10-10-10 fertilizer or Vigoro Tree, Shrub & Evergreen Fertilizer which has much needed Iron and Magnesium.

This plant will bloom every 3 or 4 years in proper growing conditions, once it reaches full maturity. In a pot, you may not see it bloom. This plant likes bright light when used as a house plant as well as a well-drained soil.You will find this plant growing outside in all of Florida and along the coast of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas and other tropical to subtropical climates.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Other related plants:

Needle Palm

Windmill Palm

Pindo Palm

Dwarf Palmetto

Mexican Fan Palm

Queen Palm

Canary Island Date Palm

Coconut Palm

Areca Palm

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Posted 2016-10-16T12:46:14+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL