Sago Palm- white powdery stuff - Knowledgebase Question

Longwood, Fl
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Question by alefiyagoga
September 22, 2009
My Sago Palm leaves has got this white powder like spray on it as if someone sprayed white paint on it from the base of the leaf out ward- if i touch it it rubs off on the finger- how do i get rd of it. Thank you Alefiya

Answer from NGA
September 22, 2009
What you describe sounds like powdery mildew, which is a fungal disease but it is quite unusual on a sago palm. To my knowledge there are no specific controls on sago palms so you'll need to experiment a little. First try hosing it off with water from the hose. If it returns, try a garden fungicide such as Neem Oil (Rose Defense is a good product). Use it on a hidden area first to make sure it doesn't cause damage to the leaves of your sago. If it works without harming the leaves (wait a week to see what happens!) you can apply it to your entire sago palm. Best wishes with your sago palm.

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