King Sago Palm
Although technically not a palm, the feathery fronds and woody stem of the King Sago Palm give it an impressively tropical, palm-like appearance. This slow-grower is relatively easy to care for, making it a great houseplant for both beginners and houseplant pros.
Here’s what you need to know to care for your King Sago Palm.
Your King Sago Palm will appreciate being placed in a location that receives plenty of bright light. However, it will also tolerate lower light levels if you’re able to meet its other growing requirements.
Temperatures between 65-75°F are best for your King Sago Palm. Although this plant can tolerate colder conditions better than others in its genus, try not to let its temperature drop below 55°F
The King Sago Palm does not respond well to being overwatered. While young plants will need to be watered once a week, mature plants have good drought-resistance. Allow the soil to dry out a bit before you give a mature King Sago Palm more water. Reduce watering even more over the winter months.
The King Sago Palm loves humid environments. In order to keep humidity raised,
spray your plant’s foliage once a week, or place it near a humidifier.
The King Sago Palm isn’t a heavy feeder since it grows so slowly, but it still requires an annual nutrient top-up. Apply a general-purpose, slow-release fertilizer each spring.
All parts of the King Sago Palm contain a toxin called cycasin, with the seeds of the plant being especially poisonous. Keep this plant away from pets and young children.
Extra Care Tips:
If the leaves on your King Sago Palm start to turn yellow, this could be a sign of a magnesium or potassium deficiency in the soil.
• Since the King Sago Palm is such a slow grower, you will only need to repot it once every three years.
• Over time, your King Sago Palm will produce offsets that can be removed and replanted, giving you a new plant.