The Q&A Archives: sago palm

Question: Does a sago palm need to be put in larger pot if the palm is turning brown? I've had this plant in same pot for about 4 yrs. please let me know soon. Thank you.

Answer: Your plant may have outgrown its container but since sago palms are slow growing, they can often remain in the same container for many years. If the plant is turning brown, it isn't happy - too much or too little water, too much fertilizer? I'd unpot it. This way you can inspect the root system. If the rootmass is huge, replant in a larger container. If the roots are mushy (overwatering) or just plain dead (over fertilizing), you may have lost your plant. Hope it's okay!

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