Sago Palm Care
Growing Sago Palms

Cycas revoluta, taitungensis & circinalis

Sago palm care explains the needs of these ancient and beautiful cycads. Includes growing and transplanting Sago palms, the treatment of disease, yellowing and other problems. Cycas revoluta sex is also covered.



Picture of a king Sago in a pot with asparagus ferns. This well cared for king Sago palm appears to be wearing an asparagus fern skirt.

The container they share is completely covered in foliage.



Watering a Sago Palm

Cycads need regular moisture when they are actively growing so water C. circinalis and C. ttaitungensis freely throughout the growing season.

The king sago, C. revoluta, has a marked tendency to go dormant just any old time it wants to so you'll need to watch this species closely. Water it freely when it is in a growth cycle.

Cycas revoluta is slow growing at the best of times so how can you tell when it's dormant?

When a healthy specimen just stops growing, you can rest assured that it has fallen asleep.

You don't need to try to wake it up. This is perfectly normal behavior for a king Sago. He'll wake up and start growing again when he's ready.

I warn you: this Rip Van Winkle of a plant has been known to sleep for as long as 2 years.

It is precisely this habit of growth that makes the king Sago superior to the other species for bonsai or growing in small pots.

Water dormant plants only after the top 3 inches of soil has dried.

How to Feed a Sago

Feed your Sagos with a complete palm fertilizer that contains manganese.

Alternatively, you could apply a separate manganese powder to the surface of the soil in spring and fall.

Manganese is important to Sago palm care because it prevents yellowing which mars the beauty of the leaves.

Yellowing is most common on acid soils. Sprinkling horticultural lime on the surface of the soil each spring will benefit Sago palms growing on acid soils.

All of these fertilizers can be found right here in this widget:



Growing Sago Palms from Seed

Picture of a male plant of <i>Cycas taitungensis</i>. Male Cycas taitungensis with ready-to-fertilize cone.

Growing Sago palms from seed requires patience but Cycad sex is an interesting process to watch.

The highlighted headline just above leads to the titillating story of the sexual reproduction of sago palm trees.

You can also grow these plants from the offsets that spring up at the base of mature specimens.

Transplanting Sago Palms

Transplanting Sago palms is less risky than moving true palms as cycads are less sensitive to root disturbance, but they are not immune to transplant shock. With a little extra care your plant will soon bounce back.


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The most common question people have with regard to Sago palm care is, "What is that white powder on my sago palms ?"

That white powder coating the fronds of your Sago palm tree is a bad case of Asian or Sago palm scale. This is a very difficult insect pest to get rid of once it has got a foot hold on a palm tree.

Sago palm disease will tell you how to treat a tree suffering from an Asian scale infestation. Yellowing and other problems are also addressed.

Japanese Sago Palm Tree Pictures

Queen sago in a Dayton Beach yard. Queen sago, C. circinalis, holding court in a Daytona Beach yard.

Japanese Sago palm tree photos.

Pictures of mature Sago palms in landscape settings to give you ideas for growing Cycas revoluta around your home and yard. Cycad palm frond pictures.



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