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Can a sago palm plant be cared for just like a regular palm tree?

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A sago palm can be cared for like some other palm trees, even though it is not a palm tree. Its care is similar to the care given to a true palm such as the Chamaerops humilis.

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A sago palm is a type of cycad, an ancient plant that appeared on earth before flowering plants such as palms. They are slow growing and usually only grow to about 2 feet high as a potted plant. If allowed to grow outdoors, the sago palm can grow to 20 feet tall. If grown outdoors, it should be grown in hardiness zones 8 to 11.

Sago palms do well in bright light but should be kept out of direct sunlight, especially in the summer. The plant does best in warm, humid conditions and should be misted regularly. It does not like temperatures that fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The soil needs to be well-drained and kept moist during the warmer months, and the plant should be fertilized beginning in spring and continuing throughout its growing season. However, the plant is also somewhat drought tolerant.

People who grow the sago palm should know that its fronds are quite stiff, and the plant shouldn't be put in places where people can brush against it. It is also poisonous to dogs and cats.

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