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Sago Palm - Care, Facts & Propagation of Sagos

Updated on January 12, 2018


Did you know that the sago is not a palm at all? Yet we call it sago palm. It is in fact a cycad which is a different family. Well cycad or palm, doesn't really matter much, what actually matters is that it is one of the most beautiful plants on this earth, isn't it? And it has been on earth for over a 200 million years and thus a living fossil. Let me tell you some more information on one of my favorite plants, read below.

Sago Palm!
Sago Palm!


The sago palms can be propagated by seed OR by removal of basal offsets.

Seeds can take about three months to germinate under normal conditions.

If propagating by offsets or suckers, let them grow 10 cm to 15 cm in diameter before removing them from the mother plant. Do not damage or scare the mother plant while removing them.


Caring for this amazing palm tree is easy. You just need to sort out a few basic things.

Place it in full sunshine.

They grow the best when planted in ground instead of pots.

Allow the soil to dry before watering it again.

Prune lower leaves to encourage new growth.

Plant it in sandy, well drained soil.

They prefer warmer temperatures and are cold tolerant to 25 degrees Fahrenheit.


It is not a palm.

They have been on earth for more than 200 million years.

A specimen of sago palm can live for hundreds of years.

They grow really slow.


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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Once established, the sago palms don't die easily. So, as long as you can spare a few minutes each week for your sago, I am sure it will thrive and have many more fronds than this one.

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      wotsnewnow 6 years ago

      Maybe, some day, hopefully, mine will have as many 'fronds' as one in this webpage photo! (Tho, pruning its bottom ones might be a temptation.)

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Do that, you are going to love them.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks! I'm planning on placing a couple of these in the front yard.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanks bingskee. They are native to Japan maybe there is the word Sago in Japanese also.

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      'sago' is a word in our native tongue that means another that is why my interest in the hub. it is interesting to know that there is a plant named sago palm, which is not a palm accordingly. (that is funny)

      another addition to my knowledge and wisdom vault. thank you.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      nice looking plant

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thank you all for your comments.

      Ann, this one is a slow growing but it is lovely, get this one. :)

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      dumbeth 7 years ago

      Nice info.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Yayyy! More palmness! I am really wishing for one of these, any of these, beautiful palm trees! Good stuff Ultimate Hubber!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Informative!! Thanks!!