Sago Palm Trees
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May I cut dry/brown leaves off the Cycad plant?

Zone 6530 | RSchreuder added on August 31, 2018 | Answered

I moved into a new apartment with Cycads in the front garden. Their leaves are brown and dry. I realise they need fertilizer , but can I cut the dry leaves off to encourage new leave growth? They might not have been watered often , as the property was vacant for 6 mnths. I would love to help restore and heal them.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on September 1, 2018

restoring the health of these is a careful process. Cutting the leaves will not force new growth. In fact, they are likely to sprout new growth if you leave those on.

If you can include photos, I can assist you in restoring these to health, but if you are uncertain of your expertise... These can be a bit sensitive to "extra" care, and too much care can kill them.

This article will help in the meantime: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sago-palm/sago-leaves-turning-yellow.htm

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