king sago - Knowledgebase Question

Destin, Fl
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Question by asaknef
February 25, 2010
Hi. My King sagos have a lot of white powdery stuff on them,I have tried all kinds things to get them healty,but I still cant get rid of it. Thankful for a tip. Asa Knef

Answer from NGA
February 25, 2010
I can't tell from your description whether you are dealing with a fungal disease called powdery mildew (which is on the surface of the leaves and can be wiped off) or with mealybugs (cottony tufts on the leaves). Mealybugs can be controlled with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. Powdery mildew can be controlled with fungicides. Not all products are safe to use on all plants so be sure to read the labels to see if sagos are listed on the label. If you're not sure, take a leaf from your sago into the garden center and ask the staff to help you identify the culprit and find the appropriate control. Best wishes with your sago palm!

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