The Best Way to Water Your Sago Palm

The Best Way to Water Your Sago Palm

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How to water

All of the soil should be dry before watering again. If the soil still is moist you risk giving the plant too much water and it can rot. Always water your Sago Palm with filtered and / or rain water since it will hate the lime in the water otherwise.

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Sago Palm

Water over the soil

  1. Pour water over the soil, using, for example, a watering can or put the plant directly under a tap

  2. Try to avoid getting water on the stems and leaves

  3. Continue adding water to the pot until it starts to run out from the drainage holes

  4. If you have a tray under the pot when watering, make sure you remove all the collected water afterwards - never let your plant sit in water

  5. If you watered under a tap make sure that water has stopped running out from the bottom before putting it back

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Sago Palm

Bottom watering

  1. Fill the plant tray with water

  2. Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray

  3. Wait for about 10 minutes

  4. Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray

  5. If it’s still dry —> add more water to the tray

  6. Wait 20 more minutes before removing the excess


Bottom watering will not wash away salts and other minerals from the soil, so make sure to also give water over the soil every now and then.

Water bath

  1. Fill a bucket or any other vessel with lukewarm water

  2. Lower the whole pot down in the water, stop where the stem of the plant starts. Make sure all of the soil is under water

  3. The water will now start to bubble - wait until it stopped

  4. Lift the pot up and let the excess drain off

  5. Put the plant back in the cachepot or on the tray

  6. After 1 hour, check that the plant isn’t standing in water, if it is it might get overwatered and rot