Tropicals forum: Sago Palm Slow Death - Help

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Jun 19, 2020 10:06 PM CST
I have 5 Sago Palms of which all are in the same condition as the attached photo. My neighbors have same and state they are zero maintenance. I must be doing something wrong. I water only when soil is dry to the touch. Any help reviving them would be greatly appreciated.
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Name: Christine
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Jun 20, 2020 4:47 AM CST
Are there drainage holes in the containers? Do you have the soil mounded up around the palm?
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Jun 20, 2020 5:23 AM CST
There is probably nothing wrong with your sago. They do this every year, the bottom most fronds die back and the new flush of growth comes from the top. You can just trim those off. This is how your plant makes a trunk. They are very slow growing. Some people cut ALL the fronds off of their plants in early spring and let the new flush come out. Other people leave the 'skirt' on. I do both, the one I leave the skirt on is the cover for an armadillo who has a hole under its shelter. I don;t want to expose him so I leave it. The others we have, I trim the bottom dead fronds off every summer after they have finished jettisoning all the fronds they want to get rid of.
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Name: Susan B
East Tennessee (Zone 6b)
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Jul 20, 2020 12:19 PM CST
Where do you live, MikeConroy? If full sun hits that area, it may be too hot, with the reflection off the wall and rock.

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