Sago Palm Trees

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  1. Pruning Sago Palms
  2. Sick Sago Palm
  3. Sago Palm Dying
  4. Harvest/Separate Sago Pups
  5. Removing Sago Palm Pups
  6. Sago Palm in Cold Weather
  7. Twisted Fronds on Indoor Sago Palm
Asked by Anonymous on November 4, 2010
Pruning Sago Palms

My Sego Palms, which were planted at the corner of the driveway and the street, have now grown to 5′ to 6′ feet tall. They, of course, block the sightline of on-coming traffic and is dangerous for me and my wife and much more dangerous for visitors.
I want to prune them to approx.three feet tall and let them continue to delineate the corners but not harm the growth or the beauty of the plant. I’m from Atlanta but retired to the coast and clueless about tropical plants –red clay is MUCH DIFFERENT from Georgia coastal sand!
Please help me solve this troubling problem. –

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is generally not recommended that you prune sago palms for height as this will most likely kill the plant. For your situation, however, you may want to consider stripping the lower fronds so that they do not block the line of sight to the road.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 15, 2010
Sick Sago Palm

I live in Middleburg, Fl. In one section of my yard, I have two sago palms.  One started getting white spots that looked similar to a mold. I sprayed it with Immunoz, but it continued to spread and got on the one next to it. The prongs of both plants did touch each other as they are only four feet apart. Anyway, it spread to the other one as well. I read your how to prune sago column, unfortunately, after I had already pruned them. The worst infected one has no prongs left and they all had the spots; the other has four prongs left. Help !!!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is probably powdery mildew. This article will help:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm

You can treat it with either a chemical fungicide or neem oil. Both should be available at any store that sells gardening supplies.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 16, 2010
Sago Palm Dying

I have a sago palm at my office and the leaves are turning yellow. It says not to over water the plant, so I don’t want to do that. Any helpful information would be great!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yellow leaves in an office or houseplant tend to be because of overwatering or lack of nutrients. If you feel you are not overwatering, then look to getting some nutrients in the soil. When was the last time it was fertilized? I would recommend adding some slow release fertilizer to the pot, such as Osmocote, but any pelleted fertilizer will work. It will provide continuous fertilizer for the plant and that way you only need to think of it every 3 months or so.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 4, 2011
Harvest/Separate Sago Pups

What is the easiest and cheapest way to separate baby sagos from the host plant? What tools and equipment are required? What about infection and disease control?

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on January 6, 2011
Removing Sago Palm Pups

I have read articles describing the removal of the pups from sago palms. They have described removing the pups and allowing them to dry for a week, or ‘harden off’ before planting.

However, none of the articles indicate if anything should be done to the ‘mother’ palm after removing the pups. Should the ‘open wound’ where the pups are removed be protected in any way? If so, what are the recommendations?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You do not need to do anything for the mother plant. The wound will harden off on the mother the same as it does on the pup. If you try to cover the wound, you can actually create an environment where disease and fungus can grow.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 6, 2011
Sago Palm in Cold Weather

Do we cover sago palms when it is below 32 degrees? We live in Orlando.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It would be helpful to do so. You can get some other tips here: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/protect-plants-in-freeze.htm

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Asked by sglayman@gmail.com on January 9, 2011
Twisted Fronds on Indoor Sago Palm

My small indoor Sago Palm’s fronds have recently started to twist. Why?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This can be an indication that the sago is not getting enough light. Move it to a brighter location and that should help.

Less likely, but possible, is that it is flowering. This does not happen often and only happens on fully mature sago palms. But sometimes when they start to flower, the inner fronds curl up.

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