Sago Palm Trees

Sago Palm Disease

Anonymous added on September 26, 2011 | Answered

Two of my sago palm plants seem to have a red spider disease. The fronds are brown, as if they were sunburned. I was told by the fellow at the nursery to cut off all the fronds (which I did) and apply fungicide. Did I do the right thing? Would appreciate your suggestions or comments.

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Answered on September 27, 2011

I'm not sure why you would be treating with a fungicide, as the culprit here is red spider mites, not a fungus. Cutting the foliage is a start but you could also treat the plant with Malathion or Neem oil. Here is an article that you may find helpful:

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