Sago Palm Trees

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  1. Do Sago Pups Need to Be Removed Even if You Are Not Transplanting?
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  3. Sago Palm Female
  4. Sago Palm fronds tips are brown/yellow
  5. how to transfer a sago palm
  6. should "baby" sago palms be left inside the house in a pottery container?
  7. sago palm got frost bite
Asked by Vernie on January 11, 2012
Do Sago Pups Need to Be Removed Even if You Are Not Transplanting?

Do sago pups need to be removed even if you are not transplanting?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

No, you don't have to but the more pups on the plant, the slower it will grow. Even if you choose to remove them, you don't necessarily have to transplant them. You could simply toss them or preferably give them away to others to grow. Here is more info should you decide to remove the pups: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/palms-trees/propagate-palm-pups.htm

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Asked by fjs1124@aol.com on February 16, 2012
Sago Palm

How to remove mealy bugs, and what type of soil should I use?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Sagos like well-draining soil. This article will provide additional information on their needs: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sago-palm/how-to-care-for-sago-palms.htm

You can treat the mealybug issue with neem oil. These articles will help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

In addition to mealybugs, your problem could be due to scale, which can also be treated with neem oil. Here is more information: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/palms/sticky-palm-tree-leaves-treatment-for-palm-scale.htm

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Asked by aoholendt on February 26, 2012
Sago Palm Female

My sago is about 17 years old. She has her crown for fertilization, but there are no other male plants around for her to flower. She had not thrown new fronds–I think because of her crown, which is still in place. Should I remove this, how do I do this or what is the proper thing to do?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The flower will eventually die back and the plant will resume normal growth. You can remove it sooner simply by cutting away the flower stalk. This can be difficult if the flower has already opened and it may just be easier to wait.

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Asked by cosborne on March 1, 2012
Sago Palm Fronds Tips Are Brown/Yellow

I have had my sago for several years and this year the fronds are brown and yellow on ends mostly on bottom area. Some are turning yellow. The very end of a couple of fronds are curling up closer to the top.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You will need to remove any yellow and brown fronds but let the green parts of fronds remain.

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Asked by almavicky6 on March 8, 2012
How to Transfer a Sago Palm

It’s a huge palm, about 5 feet tall. I live in Saint Augustine, Florida.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Sago palms do not like to be disturbed, so any transplanting needs to be done with great care. Mature palms can be transplanted in early spring or late fall. Be sure to relocate the plant in adequate growing conditions--full sun, well-draining soil, etc. Include as much of the root system as possible when digging up and moving it. If it's in a container, you'll need to go up a couple more pot sizes. You may also want to consider trimming the plant back to prevent transplant shock. Here is an article that you may find helpful: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

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Asked by beautylady125 on March 19, 2012
Should “Baby” Sago Palms Be Left Inside the House in a Pottery Container?

I just purchased two small infant sago palms. I intend for these to be transplanted in my backyard once they get up to size, but my fear is that insects will destroy them while they are so young. What should I do to make sure they flourish and thrive?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would go ahead and plant them outside. Plants are less likely to suffer from shock when transplanted at a younger age. If they grow up more in the house and then are moved outside, the rapid change in environment has a higher chance of killing them the older they are.

If you are concerned about pests, I would start a regular schedual of spraying until they are older. I personally like neem oil as it is both a pesticide and a fungicide and is safe for people, pets and beneficial bug. You can apply it about once every 1-2 months during spring and summer.

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Asked by buster on March 19, 2012
Sago Palm Got Frost Bite

My sago palm got frost bite this winter. Should I trim it back or just wait? The ball is still green and looks like new shoots are forming.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would wait until spring to cut back the plant. It will help protect the new growth, just in case another frost/freeze occurs. But you will need to remove the yellow and brown fronds only, as they will not come back. Do not remove green fronds. These articles will help you as well:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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