How to care for: Sago palm (Cycas revoluta)

Cycas revoluta has many nicknames, all referring to the plant's appearance. The plant is therefore known by such names as Sago palm and Japanese palm. The plant is therefore native to southern Japan.

Medium light

Water once a month



How do you take care of a Cycas palm?


The Cycas palm likes to be placed in a spot with lots of light. It is best to place the plant in medium bright light or partial shade. The Cycas palms prefers a spot next to a window on the west or east. A spot near the south is of course also possible. Make sure that the plant is at least 2 metres away from the window. Don't give Cycas palms direct sunlight as the leaves won't tolerate the heat.


The Cycas palm needs very little water. Generally every six weeks, and once a month in the summer months. Always make sure that excess water in the decorative pot can drain away, for example with drainage holes. The Cycas palm does not like excess water.

Plant nutrition

The Cycas palm uses a lot of energy from spring onwards to make new leaves. As a result, the plant needs extra nutrients. You can provide these nutrients by means of plant nutrition. We recommend giving plant nutrition once every month. From April to September.


Repotting the Cycas palm isn't necessary every year. We recommend repotting the Cycas palm every 3 years. The best period to repot is spring.


The most ideal temperature for a Cycas palm, commonly known as the Sago Palm, is typically between 18 to 24 degrees Celsius. It thrives in warm and moderate climates.


Pruning a Cycas palm is not required unless there are specific reasons to do so. Occasional pruning can be done to remove dead or damaged leaves, improve the plant's appearance, and encourage new growth. Trimming off discolored leaves also helps the plant to redirect its energy to healthier parts of the plant. However, caution must be exercised as Cycas palms have sharp and spiky fronds. Clean and sharp pruning tools should be used, and protective gear is recommended.

Diseases and peculiarities

In addition to being non-toxic, the Cycas palm does not suffer from any diseases too. Although pests can occur on all types of plants. It is therefore good to check the plant regularly. In case of vermin, you can always use a pesticide.

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