Sago Palm Trees

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  1. Sago Pruning After Last Frost (Zone 9)
  2. Trimming Sago Palm
  3. Sago Palm Leaves Yellow
  4. Sago Palm Reduction
  5. Sago Palm-After Freezing Weather
  6. Sago Palm Damage From Below Freezing Weather
  7. Sago Palm Seeds
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:
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 March 29, 2011
Trimming Sago Palm

I live in Huntsville, Texas and my Sago palm was beautiful this past year. However, we had an unusually cold and long winter this year and my poor Sago palm looks awful. All of the top leaves are nearly brown. I covered it to protect it from the freezing weather, but it was so cold this year. I hope I didn’t lose it. Is it ok to trim it back? There are a few green leaves underneath.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I am sorry to hear about your plant. This cold has damaged many plants this year. 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:
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

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 31, 2011
Sago Palm Leaves Yellow

My sago palm leaves are yellowing.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It could be having stress-related problems. Give it some fertilizer and increase the amount of water it gets.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 31, 2011
Sago Palm Reduction

A friend of mine has several Sagos that are about 6-8 feet tall. He had asked me if it were possible to shorten the tree by removing the top and replanting it. Is this a possibility? How would you suggest he make the sagos shorter? There are no pups to pull and replant. They are nice specimens but are very tall and intimidating to the rest of the landscape plantings. Any advice you can give would be very appreciated. Also, he has a white scale problem. What would you recommend for him to alleviate this problem?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Sago palms do not respond well to pruning. I am afraid there is not much that can be done to reduce their size.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 31, 2011
Sago Palm-After Freezing Weather

I have two (2) large sago palms I bought last year. We experienced lots of hard freezes this past winter. Will they regenerate? If so, what do I need to do, if there is anything I can do to revive them? They look dead!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This cold has damaged many plants this year. 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: 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

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 31, 2011
Sago Palm Damage From Below Freezing Weather

The sago palms planted around our yard have yellow and brown fronds after several nights of below freezing weather here in the South earlier this January. Are the plants dead? Should we prune the yellow and/or brown fronds?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on March 31, 2011
Sago Palm Seeds

My Sago plant has formed seeds in the crown of the plant. Should I remove these seeds? What do I do with the plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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