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NBailey
Nov 2, 2016 8:59 AM CST
I recently bought a sago palm in the lowes clearance rack. I've had this plant for roughly a month now and have just noticed a white something residing on the fronds and part of the base. I am worried that it is diseased advise would be greatly appreciated at this point. These images show the afflicted areas.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 2, 2016 10:33 AM CST
Hi and welcome to garden.org. Yes, there is an insect that infects Sagos that looks like that. It is Asian Cycad Scale.

The treatment is a brisk brushing with a stiff bristled brush, and a firm hosing off with water. Then let the plant dry out and spray with a horticultural oil spray. (available at any nursery or garden center) Be sure when you spray the oil to get enough of it so it flows down into the leaf axils because the little bugs hide down there, and it will smother them. Also spray the undersides of all the leaves thoroughly because that's where the scale insects like to be.

You may need to re-treat the plant to get all the bugs, as some eggs will hatch and may re-infest. Wait about a month (or two if the weather is cool), and keep checking the hiding places and undersides of the leaves. Re-treat at the first signs of more insects as you want to kill them off before they lay more eggs.

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DaisyI
Nov 2, 2016 8:27 PM CST
They look like mealy bugs to me but the treatment would be the same.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 2, 2016 9:08 PM CST
Yep, they do look a bit like mealybugs but not up close. Mealies don't stand a chance on a cycad, though.
Elaine

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