Sago Palm - Care, Facts & Propagation of Sagos
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.
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.