Sago Palm Disease - Knowledgebase Question

Corona, CA
Question by arndel42580
January 1, 2004
What would cause a sago palm to develop yellowing on it's leaves?


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Answer from NGA
January 1, 2004

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So, even though there may be plenty of fertilizer in the soil, the plant may not be getting any. It is commonly seen on palms in the winter. The best thing to do is wait for warmer temperatures.

SHOCK-- Sometimes the plants will go through a period of shock, especially if you put them in an area where the conditions are very different from where they had been previously growing. If the lighting in the store was very dim, and you place them in full sun, your plant is probably going through shock. This can cause the leaves to turn brown or yellow, develop brown or yellow spots, or it can cause the leaf tips to curl.

OVERFERTILIZING--Whatever brand of fertilizer you choose to feed your plants, follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label. In the case of fertilizer, more is not necessarily better. The mineral salts in fertilizer can build up inside the plant tissue, and burn the leaves. This usually occurs at the leaf edges first, and moves inward toward the midrib of the leaf. The leaves will turn yellow first, followed by a brown color.

Hope the above information helps you determine the cause of yellowing on the leaves of your Sago.
So, even though there may be plenty of fertilizer in the soil, the plant may not be getting any. It is commonly seen on palms in the winter. The best thing to do is wait for warmer temperatures.

SHOCK-- Sometimes the plants will go through a period of shock, especially if you put them in an area where the conditions are very different from where they had been previously growing. If the lighting in the store was very dim, and you place them in full sun, your plant is probably going through shock. This can cause the leaves to turn brown or yellow, develop brown or yellow spots, or it can cause the leaf tips to curl.

OVERFERTILIZING--Whatever brand of fertilizer you choose to feed your plants, follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label. In the case of fertilizer, more is not necessarily better. The mineral salts in fertilizer can build up inside the plant tissue, and burn the leaves. This usually occurs at the leaf edges first, and moves inward toward the midrib of the leaf. The leaves will turn yellow first, followed by a brown color.

Hope the above information helps you determine the cause of yellowing on the leaves of your Sago.

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