This lush, long-living plant isn’t actually a palm at all, though their foliage looks like palm fronds. Sagos are in the cycad family and are native to southern Japan. Cycads go back to the Jurassic Age, and with all of their armor, it’s easy to see why they have survived so long. There are several types of cycads on the market, but the sago palm is one is the hardiest and the only one that grows into a tree-like form.
Any climate that gets at least 9 inches of rain a year will sustain a sago. In dry climates, however, sagos need moderate watering. During very warm, dry weather, keep your sago happy by deep-watering it every week or so. Once the plant is well established, deep watering is not needed.