Sago Palm And Sun - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Forest, CA
Question by Drivnf8
July 14, 2003
Just purchased a Sago Palm (love it). Putting it in the middle of our entryway on limestone in a pot. Is it all right in hot direct sun for 3/4 of the day and then shade? Would I need to water more than occassionally (especially in a container)? Should I transplant out of your container into a larger one similar to if I was planting in the ground (3x bigger than width of container) or let it acclimate to the new location in its original container. Thank you for the beautiful plant.

Linda J.


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Answer from NGA
July 14, 2003

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Your new sago palm (Cycas revoluta) likes bright indirect light. Direct sunshine may burn the foliage so move it if you can, or at least put up a temporary screen to protect it from hot summer sunshine. Winter sun is less intense and it will probably be happy with a few hours of direct sunshine during the winter months. Cycas do not like to have their roots disturbed so repot only when absolutely necessary. If roots are not growing out of the nursery pot drainage holes, it's okay to leave it in the nursery pot. Once roots begin escaping from the pot, it will be time to repot. Use a container that's only slightly larger than the one it's in, and fill it with fresh potting soil when it's time to repot. You've chosen an extremely slow-growing plant. It will put out only one new leaf per year and its mature height will only be about 2'. You can water frequently enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Reduce watering in the winter. Sago doesn't like wet feet so be sure the soil drains quickly.

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