Sago Palm Trees

Winter Care for Sago Palms

Anonymous added on October 18, 2011 | Answered

What special care does a Sago Palm planted outdoors in SC need?

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Answered on October 19, 2011

Many people don't realize this, but sagos aren't actually palms at all but cycads. These plants are extremely hardy, surviving both heat and cold well. In fact, during summer the plant tolerates drought-like conditions while in winter it is cold hardy to 20 degrees F. Your neck of the woods doesn't usually experience harsh winters, as northern climates do. Unless it's grown in a pot (which should be brought indoors or wrapped) or located in excessively windy areas, there's little you need to do over winter. It should handle the cold just fine. In fact, the plant may only exhibit slight browning from the weather but this can easily be remedied through pruning.

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