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May 9, 2020 4:28 PM CST
I wanted my husband to clean up the seed pods on a female sago. I showed him the seeds and "fuzzy" parts to remove and went to the backyard to do weeding. He misunderstood and removed the crown (see photo). I'm assuming it will die? Thank you for any advice.
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Name: Steve
Port Orchard, WA (Zone 8b)
May 9, 2020 9:13 PM CST
I suggest waiting to see if the sago has a VERY strong instinct for continued life, most plants do (my $170 Japanese maple had a 9" long section, encompassing 1/3+ of its circumference, of its bark scraped off by a deer cleaning the velvet off its antlers past Oct, it is leafing out nicely). To be on the safe side, do not removed/discard any pups at plant bottom until you know what is going to happen--you may want them). Sago's have been around for centuries and yours is not the first to be damaged by man or nature. However, do not be surprised if it starts to grow a little crooked.
P.S. Be careful in allowing non-gardening husbands to be near your plants, I do not trust my non-gardening wife to weed my flower beds.
California (Zone 9b)
May 9, 2020 10:58 PM CST
I agree with the wait and se what it does (no comment on the non-gardening wife) Hilarious!
From my experience it takes a LOT more to kill a sago palm-- like a chainsaw or backhoe. She'll be fine in a couple of months, sagos don't do anything fast.
Name: Jean
San Clemente, CA (Zone 10a)
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May 10, 2020 8:40 AM CST
Great Hurray! I'll wait and see. Yes, my husband's list is getting smaller and smaller. Or I will be there to supervise. And yes, no weeding. He doesn't know the difference between a seedling and a weed. I LOVE working in the yard anyway Smiling
Thank You!

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