The Q&A Archives: Sago Palm

Question: My neighbor gave me a number of nuts from an adult Sago palm. I would like to know what type of soil mixture and types of watering needed for maximum growth.

Answer: Cycas revoluta, the Sago palm, is distinctly palm-like, but not closely related to true palms. It's an extremely slow-growing plant, putting out just one leaf per year. In time it forms an attractive rosette of stiff arching foliage. Mature height is 2 feet. The plants are generally propagated by removing the offsets that are attached to the parent plant. The seeds can take 60 to 180 days to germinate at 75F to 80F degrees. Plant in a mixture of one half peat moss and one half compost. Soak the seeds for two hours in hot water before planting into moistened compost mix, cover pot with plastic wrap and keep in a warm area. Check soil periodically to make sure it's moist but not soggy. Sago palms can be difficult to grow from seed, so exercise lots of patience!

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