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Sago Palm Tree Planting Instructions

By Dale Devries ; Updated September 21, 2017

The scientific name for the Sago palm is Cycas revoluta. Despite its name, the Sago palm is really a cycad, more closely related to the conifer family. Cycads are one of the oldest seed-bearing plants known to man. They are very slow growing but can eventually reach about 6 feet tall. The leaves consist of pinnate fronds that extend about 30 inches from the base of the plant and grow in circular pattern. Seeds from the Sago palm are poisonous, so do not plant this palm in an environment with children or pets.

Choose a location that gets full sun. The area must also be high and dry, as the sago palm does not like to be wet.

Dig a hole two times the diameter of the container and 3 inches deeper than the root ball. Clean the soil of all weeds, grass and stones.

Amend the dug out soil to a ratio of one part soil, one part leaf mold and one part peat moss. It is essential that the soil drains well around the sago's roots. Back fill 4 inches of amended soil into the planting hole.

Carefully remove the plant from the container and gently knock off most of the growing medium surrounding the roots. Place the root ball in the center of the growing hole and adjust the level so the top of the root ball is even with the surrounding soil.

Fill in around the roots with amended soil and tamp down well. Thoroughly water to settle the soil down into the roots. Add more soil if necessary to level the ground surrounding the roots.

Water every other day for the first two weeks to establish the roots, then cut back watering until the top 3 inches of soil is dry.

Apply a balanced fertilizer once in the spring when you start to see growth and again in mid-summer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate amounts of fertilizer.


Things You Will Need

  • Sago palm plant
  • Shovel
  • Leaf mold
  • Peat moss
  • Balanced fertilizer


  • Seeds from the sago palm are very poisonous. Keep this plant away from children and pets.