How To Care For Your Sago Palm Bonsai Tree
Cycas Revoluta Bonsai Care
About The Sago Palm Bonsai Tree
The sago palm, or King sago palm is native to Japan - including the Ryukyu Islands.
Though not a true palm, this ancient tree grows glossy, symmetrical fronds that look just like a tropical palm.
It is a remarkably slow grower, but still can grow to be 20 feet or more in the wild (since it can survive for hundreds of years.)
Like most palm trees, a Sago Palm bonsai should remain indoors to prevent damage from freezing.
Even though this hardy palm can survive a brief below-freezing wind, it shouldn't be outside when the temperatures are below 50 degrees.
It will survive and adapt to low light, high light, and even low water living conditions. You can treat this bonsai tree like a cactus.
This bonsai tree can go outdoors whenever the temperature is warm enough.
Never let the soil completely dry out. Whenever the soil seems dry, thoroughly water your tree until the water runs clear from the bottom. In the growing season, this can be daily.
If you need help, a good moisture meter will guide you.
Whenever your sago palm bonsai tree is inside, including for the winter, using a humidity tray is recommended. It will prevent the water from running on the floor, and can help keep the tree somewhat moist in the dry season.
Since your Sago Palm bonsai is in a small pot, and not the ground, it needs nutrients. A slow release (pellet based) fertilizer is perfect for this, and can be added sparingly every 1-2 months during the growing season.
Pruning & Trimming
You don't really have to do much pruning or trimming on a sago palm. It's very easy.
Repotting must be performed periodically on your bonsai, Sago Palm included, when its root system has filled the pot. If you can clearly see the roots coming out of the bottom of the pot, it’s time to repot your bonsai.
Generally, this means every 2-3 years for a deciduous tree and every 4-5 years for an evergreen.
Repotting should be done in mid-summer, when the tree is at it’s least fragile state.
If you keep your sago palm indoors all year, it will likely never need to be repotted.
To repot, the palm bonsai tree, along with all of its soil, should be removed from the pot. From there, you can trim away no more than 1/3rd of the root mass (1/4th is preferred.)
Then you can repot the tree in the same pot, or give it a newer / bigger pot to thrive in.
After repotting, your Sago Palm bonsai should be thoroughly watered.
Diseases, Insects & Other Pests
Your Sago Palm bonsai can be treated for pests like a normal Sago Palm tree. Just remember, your tree is miniature and will need a much smaller and more gentile dose of treatment.