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  1. Sago Palm Dying
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  6. How to Prune Sago Palms
  7. Sago Palm Cold Damage
Asked by Anonymous on December 16, 2010
Sago Palm Dying

I have a sago palm at my office and the leaves are turning yellow. It says not to over water the plant, so I don’t want to do that. Any helpful information would be great!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yellow leaves in an office or houseplant tend to be because of overwatering or lack of nutrients. If you feel you are not overwatering, then look to getting some nutrients in the soil. When was the last time it was fertilized? I would recommend adding some slow release fertilizer to the pot, such as Osmocote, but any pelleted fertilizer will work. It will provide continuous fertilizer for the plant and that way you only need to think of it every 3 months or so.

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Asked by sglayman@gmail.com on January 9, 2011
Twisted Fronds on Indoor Sago Palm

My small indoor Sago Palm’s fronds have recently started to twist. Why?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This can be an indication that the sago is not getting enough light. Move it to a brighter location and that should help.

Less likely, but possible, is that it is flowering. This does not happen often and only happens on fully mature sago palms. But sometimes when they start to flower, the inner fronds curl up.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 17, 2011
Sago Palm Got Too Cold

We had some extremely cold weather in SC, down to 14 degrees at night.  A few of my sago palms got frozen and now the branches/fronds are turning brown. How should I trim them, back to the base? Also, should I put them down in the basement for the rest of winter to baby them? What do you suggest?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I am sorry to hear about your plants. You will need to remove the brown fronds this spring, but only those, as they will not come back. Use sharp shears to do so. This article may help you with getting them to recover: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 19, 2011
Sago Palm Problem

I was given a sago palm in a pot as a house warming present five years ago. It had four leaves originally.  A couple of years ago it grew two more, but six months ago, one by one, all the leaves turned yellow and I was told to remove these leaves.  I have only one left, which has now gone yellow too. Have I ruined it? Will it grow again? What should I do now? Should it be planted in the garden?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It does sound like it has died. This article will help you tell for sure:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm

It was likely a lack of light that did this. In the future, if you get another one, place it in a brighter location.

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Asked by dickstout on March 5, 2011
Sago Palms

I purchased two sago palms in 6 inch containers. Lowes had a lot of them that had frozen (I am in Alaska). I found two that had good green still so i brought them home transplanted one and left the other in its pot. I left for a few days but placed them on my window sill. It was 40 below while I was gone and I think that cold permeated the window onto the leaves. When i returned all the leaves where yellowing. I placed the plants in my living room under a grow light and have tried to keep them alive. Two branches all together died while the others have some green and some brown in varies places on the leaves. What should i do? I want to return them to their brillance but I am worried that i may have killed them and I am just prolonging the inevitable. The books say two different things one says cut away dieing others say dont cut.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The lost leaves will not regrow, but as long as they are alive, they can regrow from the top. Remove any brown or yellow leaves as these are dead and will not recover. Other than that, they will need TLC

At this point, they are in bad shape and will take alot of time to recover. If you are up to putting that time into them, they will eventually come back.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 12, 2011
How to Prune Sago Palms

I have numerous sago palms planted in large potting containers around my home. We also have many of the sago palms planted in the yard landscape. I live close to the US Gulf Coast, but we recently had ice and a freeze that caused the palm branches to turn brown. What do I need to do to revive the green color back into the plants? Do all of the brown branches need to be removed?

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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. Do not remove green fronds. These articles will help you as well:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on April 3, 2011
Sago Palm Cold Damage

My sago palms are outside in pots. They got some cold damage this year and turned brown. Should the brown areas be cut off?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This cold has damaged many plants this year. You will need to remove the brown fronds this spring, as they will not come back. Do not remove green parts of fronds. These articles will help you as well:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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