sago palm - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rkuplaste9
September 6, 2005
Can you please provide me with care instructions for sago palm

Answer from NGA
September 6, 2005
The sago palm (actually it is a cycad, Cycas revoluta) is moderately difficult to keep as a houseplant, partly because it can live for decades and eventually grows quite huge. It prefers a temperature fluctuation between day and night of about 15 degrees (in normal household conditions during the winter, down to say about 55 degrees at night with a minimum of 50), bright but indirect/filtered light, and should be allowed to dry somewhat between very thorough, drenching waterings. It is normally a very slow grower. Fertilize when it is actively growing (spring to early summer) with a very dilute solution of water soluble fertilizer for foliage plants such as 10-10-10 plus minors per the label instructions. It is better to underfertilize it than overfertilize. Be careful not to overwater it, especially during the winter -- this is probably the most common problem people have with it. You might see only one growth spurt every year or so, depending on how much light it receives. Enjoy your sago palm!

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