The Sago palm can add charm and a touch of formality to any indoor decor. Sago Palms ( Cycas revoluta) are not actually true palms at all. The plant is attractive because of its stiff, architectural coarse, palm-like fronds. They thrive in bright light, and can even take on full sun if placed outdoors in your yard or garden area.
The sago palm is a beautiful architectural accent plant for indoor enjoyment. It is easy to care for and is extremely long lived, but does grow rather slowly. You can add them to your other houseplants along with other popular indoor foliage plants such as dracaena, as well as other tropical plants grown under indoor grow lights such as, gloxinias, african violets, kalanchoes, or even other hydroponic plants you have growing indoors.
Sago palms should be allowed to dry completely out before watering again. If your leaves begin to turn yellow that means you are overwatering it. It is sometimes hard to determine if a palm needs watering. Because of this fact, keep a record of when you water so that you don’t water too often.
*Tip- It is always better to underwater a plant than to overwater them. Most plants die of overwatering, so show some restraint to water your plants too often.
If you have your sago palm in a low light situation, you should give it only half-strength plant food. Palms require feeding only twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the summer. It grows slowly and will not need to be repotted very often. Remove old fronds from the plant as necessary.
The average height of this variety is about 5’ x 4’ but will most likely not attain this height if grown indoors. There are other varieties grown outdoors that can reach up to 15’ or more under ideal conditions. Queen sago palm (C. Circinalis) is one such variety.
*Sago palms are poisonous to pets and humans if ingested. If you have pets or young children, I would not recommend having this plant indoors within their reach. As well as the plant being poisonous, the fronds, being very stiff, are also sharp.
Sago palms can be kept outdoors in summer months and brought indoors when the temperature become too cool.They are more of a tropical plant and can be planted in the same type of soil as a cactus with plenty of sand in the mixture.
A Sago palm is propagated by separating the offsets, or “pups”, that grow along the sides or at the base of mature plants. These offsets should be removed in early spring, late fall, or winter. Carefully take them off of the plant using a trowel to separate them. Remove all of the leaves and roots from each offset and set them aside to dry for a week or so.
Plant them into a cactus type soil mixture and be sure to leave half of the offset below the soil level. It should then be moved to a shady area to grow. Remember not to water it until the soil is completely dry. It will take several months for the leaves to appear on the surface.
Sago Palm Food indoor fertilizers can be found in small stick form or in a liquid form. (See below)
The main disease on sago palms will be scale. This can be treated with a horticultural oil specifically for this purpose.
*More information on other types of plants suitable for growing indoors can be found at yardandgardenrescue.com.
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