Sago palm bonsai. A symmetrical and easy specimen!


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The sago palm is a wonderful species of tree, well suited to the art of bonsai.

Why you ask?

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Ok, so, the sago bonsai is not actually a palm! It has the appearance of a palm, but genetically, it belongs to the cyad genus.

You can find them at home on islands south of Japan where they thrive with thick trunks, perfectly suited to bonsai!

Now for the nitty gritty!

Hang on a sec, have you read our Care Guide, 'How To' Guide and general information? Ensure you do!!!!

Now onto the nitty gritty!

Soil, Lighting & Watering

• Use a basic bonsai soil mix that is well draining

• Water your sago palm bonsai when the top layer of soil feels dry. This will usually be every few days, but aim to maintain moistness in the soil. Never overwater or allow the soil to completely dry out!

• The sago palm bonsai can be grown as a semi-indoor species or as an outdoor.

• If indoors, ensure you place your sago where it can recieve adequate sunlight through a window.

• If you have your sago outdoors, place it in a semi-shady area that has wind protection.

• Whether indoors or outdoors, aim to allow around 4 hours of sunlight per day.

• The sago palm can survive in most temperatures, but avoid any temperature in the minuses, or extreme heat.


Feed your sago once at the start of the growing season, once at the end and once before winter. This will allow the tree to gain strength to endure winter and periods of growth.

• Use a low-nitrogen liquid feed


• Repot your sago bonsai every 2-3 years, or when the roots become visible and messy.

Choose your pot carefully!

Pruning & Wiring

Prune your sago as needed. Generally you will be removing dead leaf matter. They grow slowly and in a uniform manner, so they maintain their shape quite naturally

• No bonsai wiring is required! How easy is that?

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