How to Plant a Sago Palm Seed


Cycas revoluta is the scientific name of the plant called the sago palm. The plant is actually a cycad, not a palm, and descended from plants that, according to the fossil record, lived on earth 280 million years ago. The sago palm, with its sturdy trunk and dark green leaves, is popularly grown as an accent plant in many parts of the world. Sago palm is easy to grow as long as it is given lots of sun, quick-draining soil and lots of room for its long roots. Plant the sago palm seed in March or April.

Step 1

Soak the seed in a bowl or bucket of water for three days. Change the water daily.

Step 2

Peel the skin from the seed. Gently scrub the seed under running water to remove all the pulp.

Step 3

Allow the seed to air dry for two to three days.

Step 4

Fill the planting pot to within 1/4 inch of the rim with equal parts of perlite and peat moss. Water the soil well and allow it to drain completely.

Step 5

Push the seed, sideways, into the soil until three-quarters of it is buried.

Step 6

Place the pot in a shady area where it won't be subjected to extremes in temperatures or breezes.

Step 7

Poke your finger into the soil periodically. When it feels dry to a depth of 2 inches, it is time to water the seed. Water it well and allow the excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot. Then water a second time.

Step 8

Transplant the seedling into a 5-inch pot when it is 6 months old. It should remain in this pot until it is 2 years old and then moved to a 6-inch pot.

Tips and Warnings

  • Parts of the sago palm are toxic if ingested.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl or bucket
  • Water
  • 4-inch planting pot with drainage holes
  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Perlite


  • University of Illinois Extension: Sago Palm Cycas Revoluta
  • Rhapis Gardens: Cycas evoluta - "Sago Palms"
  • Royal Botanic Gardens: Gardening With Cycads
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