Palm Trees
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Don’t know what kind of plant I have

Zone 41011 | Anonymous added on July 10, 2019 | Answered

I believe I have some kind of Palm. I've had it for a couple years. Not only do I not know what kind of plant I have, the tips are all turning brown. My Palm has very stiff branches and almost appears to have some sort of thorns. Any information would be wonderful!

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on July 11, 2019

You have a Cycad plant, also known as Sago Palm, not true palm but an interesting and valuable plant.

The tip browning/die-back is likely from a water deficit, -- soil too dry. If it was recently planted/transplanted it could have been stressed with the move and soil/roots disturbance. Get a soil moisture meter and follow the watering and fertilization advise in the following article.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/cycads/growing-cycad-plants.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-moisture-in-plants.htm

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