Sago Palms: Key Facts You Should Know

by Sophie Tsang 09/18/2022

Sago palms are a wishlist item for many plant collectors. Native to the warm regions of Japan and China, these striking plants can grow large indoors with the right care routine. If you're thinking about adding a sago palm to your indoor jungle, here are some facts you should know:

Light Requirements

Sago palms do best in bright but indirect light. Direct sunlight can cause the foliage to burn or wilt, so either using a sheer curtain or avoiding the hot afternoon sun is best. Opt for a bright East, West or South-facing window for the ideal lighting environment. In warm weather, you can move the plant outdoors to a partially shaded area like a porch or patio.

Temperature and Humidity

Sago palms thrive in warm, humid conditions. They cannot survive in the cold: frost will damage the leaves and temperatures below freezing will likely kill the plant entirely. When you grow a sago palm indoors, try to protect it from cold drafts and airflow from windows or air conditioning units. The more regular you can keep the temperature, the healthier the plant will be.

Sago palms love humidity, so consider a portable humidifier or pebble tray to increase the ambient moisture around the plant. Clustering plants closely together is another way to maintain a higher humidity, but keeping them away from direct sun and drying air vents should be enough to keep them comfortable.


One of the most important things to know about sago palms is their toxicity. When ingested, any part of the plant is highly toxic to humans and animals. If you have pets at home, keep your sago palm well away from them to avoid risk of illness or death. Luckily, these plants are slow growers and fit well on tables or tall plant stands out of reach.

Is a sago palm right for you? Consider these key facts if you're thinking about adding this plant to your collection.

About the Author

Sophie Tsang

Sophie’s Civil Engineering background and marketing expertise contribute to her broad understanding and high efficiency in marketing real estate properties. She has been consistently a top performer since 2005, and ranks top 1% of all Silicon Valley Realtors, and top 1000 Realtors in the country per World Street Journal Real Trends.

As a seasoned negotiator, Sophie’s no-nonsense marketing system and meticulous attention to details have been key success factors. She is known as the The Fixer, or the Miracle Worker, frequently helps sellers sell their homes when other agents had failed or given up. She helps buyers get into homes when they previously struggled. 19 years in Real Estate, Sophie has honed her skills on getting the best possible results for her clients. Her trusted network of vendors and use of cutting-edge technology ensure each step of each transaction is executed to achieve next level result!

Sophie is a proud parent of 2 Eagle Scouts. She has done guest speaking at Faith Radio, and written a column for World Journal Newspaper to share her Real Estate knowledge. Sophie is a Palo Alto Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, also a Golden Gate Keeper (Golden Gate National Park Conservancy)