The Q&A Archives: Sago Palm Trees

Question: We have several different varieties of palm trees in our front yard. However on one its as if the trunk of the palm is decaying. The branches and leaves look healthy but the trunk when touched easily breaks off and looks as if it is decaying, what can we do to fix this so we dont lose our palm tree?

Answer: It's difficult to diagnose a problem without actually seeing it, but the most common cause of trunk decay is due overly wet conditions. The trunk of your palm is covered in what is basically dead wood. If it is allowed to remain wet and is unprotected, it will begin to decay and become a food source for fungi. You can adjust the watering which will allow the wood to dry out, but this won't repair the damage. It may, however, allow the palm to recover. I hope so!

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