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How to Remove Sago Seed Pods

By Melody Dawn ; Updated September 21, 2017

The sago palm (Cycas revoluta) is an evergreen, cone-bearing tree that is hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 8 through 10. All parts of the sago palm tree are poisonous. According to North Carolina State University, consumption of the sago palm seed pods can cause diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness and seizures in both animals and people. The pods can be easily removed to prevent spreading of the plants and seeds and to prevent animals and children from coming in contact with the poison.

Wear gloves before coming in contact with any part of the sago palm.

Keep children and pets away from the area when you begin cutting the pods. Pets find the pods appetizing and will chew on them. Seed pods can become toxic to pets if they eat the pods. Sago palm pods can be toxic to humans if consumed in large amounts.

Cut the seed pods all the way down to the base of the pod using sharp pruning sheers. Place the pods in a garbage bag for disposal. Dispose of the pods in the county dump or landfill. Do not burn the pods as this can make the poisons in the seed pods airborne.


Things You Will Need

  • Gloves
  • Pruning sheers
  • Garbage bag


  • Avoid planting Sago Palms in any area that has children and animals who may come in contact with any part of the tree.

About the Author


Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.