Basic Care of a Sago Palm Tree

Sago palm trees, also known as King palms, are one of the easiest plants to maintain. They grow in temperatures ranging from 15- to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and require little maintenance. Sago palms grow well outdoors, or indoors in a container as long as they have room to spread out. Established sago palms are drought resistance, so the plants are a good choice for dry climates.

Sago palms can live hundreds of years.

Care For Indoor Sago Palms

Step 1

Plant your sago palm in a pot that is at least 16 inches in diameter. Sago palms are slow-growing, so using a large pot means you won't have to change containers for several years.

Step 2

Place your potted sago palm tree close to a light source. If placed too far from natural sunlight, a sago palm will distort its growth pattern trying to reach the light.

Step 3

Let the soil in your potted sago palm tree become almost dry between waterings. A tree placed in a warm, bright window will need water about once a week. If you see yellowing leaves, you are watering it too much.

Care For Outdoor Sago Palms:

Plant your sago palm tree in a spot with plenty of sunlight and good soil drainage. Do not place the plant in a deep hole where water can collect. Sago palms don't like wet roots. Mix humus with the dirt, if you like. Sago palms like a high proportion of humus in the soil, but they will also thrive without it.

Step 2

Let the soil around your sago palm dry out between waterings.

Step 3

Prune away frost-damaged leaves if temperatures drop into the mid-teens or lower. Pruning the damaged leaves will help encourage new growth in the spring.