How to Plant Sago Palms

The sago palm, from the cycadaceae family, is not a true palm tree. Sagos lend a tropical look to the landscape or décor, but the leaves and seeds are poisonous, and can be deadly to pets or children. In spite of this toxic characteristic, edible flours can be processed from the plant. Sago palms do well in warm, tropical climates. Allow about a 6 foot diameter around the area where you will be planting your sago palm.

Plant Sago Palms

Step 1

Find a sago palm shoot. Look along the base of a mature sago palm. Growths or shoots, referred to as pups, may be growing along the base of the plant. They look like bulbs and may have green top shoots.

Step 2

Cut the pup from the plant, using a clean, sharp knife. Make a clean cut, and try not to damage the parent plant.

Step 3

Dust the cut portion of the pup with powdered rooting hormone, and allow it to sit for several days, out of the sun.

Step 4

Plant in a shady area of the garden, with the greenery exposed and the bark-like pup buried. Sago palms prefer a well-draining soil that's rich in humus. Water well, but allow the soil to dry before watering again.

Step 5

Plant fertile sago palm seeds instead of pups. There are male and female sago palms. In order for a female sago palm to produce fertile seeds, it must be in the vicinity of a male sago palm for pollination.

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.