Andrew and I finally got a plant last week. It took a lot of thought and careful consideration before we made our $5 purchase. I had to read every single "care instructions" card on every single plant. I finally came across one that gave the following conditions:
1) Bright light preferred
2) Never below 40°F
3) Allow soil to dry between waterings
4) Fertilize in spring or late summer
5) Remove old or yellow fronds
At least with this plant I will be able to complete 2/5 requirements, which really isn't bad. I have no problems not exposing my plant to temperatures below 40 degrees...especially inside my house. And I certainly have no problem allowing the soil to dry between waterings. In fact, I think that I will do pretty good at allowing the soil to dry between waterings.
Here is the newest addition to our household, a Sago Palm, properly known as a Cycas revoluta.
This plant has outlived most dinosaurs, so I'm pretty sure it can survive our house. When we got home, I had to do a little more research just to make sure the plant was well-nigh invincible--otherwise we would have had to take it back to the store!
I found a website that helped me gain the confidence I needed to raise my sweet little Sago. They said that although sagos prefer full sunlight, they can adapt to shade. They can live in a wide range of temperatures. They may need to be watered once a week, or less....
I'm pretty sure that this plant is a survivor. The true test of its longevity will be to see how long it lasts under my care!