Sago Palms and Cold Weather
I live in Chicago and I wanted to know if I can plant my sago outside, and if it will survive. If so, what extra steps do I need to take to ensure good health and survival? Thank you.
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While these plants are generally quite hardy to 20 degrees F., harsh winter conditions in northern climates can cause damage. For the most part, winter cold damage can be remedied by pruning out any yellow or brown fronds. However, it would probably be in your best interest to simply grow sago plants in containers, which should be brought indoors or wrapped to protect them from winter injury. That being said, this article has additional information that could help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sago-palm/sago-winter-care.htm