We’ve been getting quite a few calls about Sago Palms, probably due to the beating they took during last winter’s freeze days.
Sago palms should be planted in full to part sun in well-drained soil. They are very drought tolerant.
You should let them dry out between waterings. If leaves are yellow, they should be fertilized occasionally during the growing season with a fertilizer with three times as much nitrogen as potassium and phosphorus.
Brown on the leaves is caused by sun scorch or inadequate moisture. Manganese deficiency in the soil can cause yellow tips. This can be solved by adding manganese sulfate to the soil.
When pruning, only remove the dead growth that will be brown. Cut the lowest and oldest leaves first. If your sago palms’ leaves are brown from a freeze, look for new growth. If no new growth is seen by May, your palm is probably dead. Do not prune until all danger of frost has passed.
Pups can be removed in early spring by lifting them from the base of the plant with a hand trowel or knife.
All parts of this plant are considered toxic, including seeds, to both humans and pets if ingested.
More questions? Call the Phone Room at 936-539-7824.