Sago Palm Care
The Sago palm is one of the easiest plants to grow, pruning is not needed.
Because the plant can become quite large, choose an area with ample room for growth.
The Sago palm does best in shaded areas but can also tolerate direct sun. If it is being placed in too much sun, the plant can develop yellow color. Growing this exotic plant indoor, it is important to give it bright light.
The Sago palm tree prefers moderately moist soil. The soil should not be constantly wet. Overwatering is one of the most common reasons of yellowing and root rot disease of this plant. Allow the soil to dry between watering. However, don’t allow the soil to dry out completely. In winter, the Sago palm prefers little water, when it is not actively growing.
The Cycas revoluta is extremely hard. It can tolerate cold and hot weather. It will survive light frosts and periods of drought.
The Sago palm thrives in well-drained, sandy soil. Swampy soils should be avoided.
The most common problem for prehistoric Sago palms is a manganese deficiency. The leaves turn yellow and look frizzled. To prevent frizzle top spray the leaves with manganese sulfate.
Fertilizing the Sago palm tree is essential to its health. During its active growth from March to September, apply a balanced, gentle fertilizer to your plant at least 3 times. Balanced fertilizers provide essential nutrients for the Cycad including Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Nitrogen and Potassium. Too much fertilizer can damage the Sago palm’s roots.
Sago palms are susceptible to the scale insects. Tiny insects will attack your plant and slowly kill it. Inspect the leaves on regular basis, and if the the plant has insects, you can use insecticide oil.
The plants are sensitive to changes in the environment, give them time to adjust.
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