Sago Palm Trees

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  1. Winter Browning of Sago
  2. Pruning Sago Palm Flower
  3. Sago Palm Winter Damage
  4. Sago Palms Frost Damaged
  5. Trimming Sago Palms After Winter
  6. Sago Palm, Seed Pod in Middle
  7. Sago Pruning After Last Frost (Zone 9)
Asked by Anonymous on March 25, 2011
Winter Browning of Sago

I live in the Houston area and had an unusually harsh winter. My sagos are, what I consider, burned from below freezing temps. They are now brown, but with green stems and a few patches of green. What should I do? They are outside and we have had a very wet winter and spring so far.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You will need to remove the yellow and brown fronds this spring but only those as they will not come back. Just use sharp shears to do so. 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

It is hard to say how well they will grow back. Sago palms do not deal well with lost fronds, but they have been known to recover fine.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 26, 2011
Pruning Sago Palm Flower

I have a very nice sago palm in my yard. I had it transplanted last year. Right after the transplant, the palm started to produce a flower on the top. Within a couple of weeks, the flower turned brown. I am wondering if I should prune this flower off of the tree. If this is necessary, then how would I do this?

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Asked by Anonymous on March 26, 2011
Sago Palm Winter Damage

My large outdoor sago plant (10 years old) leaves turned brown due to winter and freezing cold weather. Do I cut the brown leaves off? It is spring time now in northern Louisiana.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You will need to remove the yellow and brown fronds this spring but only those as they will not come back. Just use sharp shears to do so. Do not remove green parts of 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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Asked by Anonymous on March 27, 2011
Sago Palms Frost Damaged

The very cold winter along the Gulf Coast this year caused my Sago palms to brown from the top down (due to extended below-freezing periods). Should I remove these light brown fronds now or wait until new fronds come up?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You will need to remove the yellow and brown fronds this spring but only those as they will not come back. Just use sharp shears to do so. Do not remove green parts of 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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Asked by Anonymous on March 27, 2011
Trimming Sago Palms After Winter

We have many sago palms all around the pool that were cold damaged this winter and are now yellow/brown in color. Some limbs have green on them, but are mostly brown.  The stems through those leaves are, in some cases, still green. How do we trim them without hurting the palm itself?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You will need to remove the yellow and brown fronds or parts of fronds this spring but only those as they will not come back. Do not remove green parts of 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

It is hard to say how well they will grow back. Sago palms do not deal well with lost fronds, but they have been known to recover fine.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 28, 2011
Sago Palm, Seed Pod in Middle

My 20-year-old sago has developed a ‘seed pod’ in the middle about four to six months ago.  It’s still there and my husband thinks it’s killing the plant.  He wants to cut it out, but I told him that if you mess with the middle of a palm, it can kill it. Please let me know what this thing is and what to do with it.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is the flower of the plant. This article will tell you how to handle it:
http://www.rhapisgardens.com/sagos/sagoseed.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 28, 2011
Sago Pruning After Last Frost (Zone 9)

How do you prune or trim sago palms after frost damage in southeastern North Carolina?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You will need to remove the yellow and brown fronds this spring but only those as they will not come back. Just use sharp shears to do so. Do not remove green parts of 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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