The Q&A Archives: Sago Palms.

Question: How can I best take care of my Sago Palms?

Answer: Plant your sago in sandy, fast draining soil, preferably with some organic matter. Also recommended is a light mulch of bark or leaf mold. Plants appreciate light feedings of balanced, slow release fertilizer granules or diluted liquid fertilizers. Strong fertilizers, fresh manure and the like are best avoided as they can damage the sago's coralloid roots (specialized structures that host blue-green algae that fix nitrogen from the air and make it available to the plant).

Light: Bright conditions including full sun. Sago can also handle full shade with no ill effect (its leaves grown larger in the shade). Here in Florida it seems to be less susceptible to leaf spot disease when grown in semishaded conditions where it is more protected from environmental extremes.

Moisture: Needs good drainage or it will rot. Sago is drought resistant when mature. Provide adequate moisture for good growth.

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