The Q&A Archives: Sick Sago Palm?

Question: We have a mature Sago in our back yard in direct sun. It's been in place for 7 years with no problems. Six months ago the top branches died and fell off and have not regrown. The

Answer: Sagos usually live longer than 7 years but if it is not producing new fronds, it's possible that the bud in the crown has died. This can happen if the palm is watered from overhead (or if there's been excessive rainfall and warm weather). Under these conditions, fungus can attack and kill the bud. You can remove and transplant the pups, or you can cut the parent plant down to ground level and allow the pups to grow. Best wishes with your new little Sago palms!

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