Sago Palm Trees
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Trimming Sago Palm

Anonymous added on March 29, 2011 | Answered

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
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Answered on March 30, 2011

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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