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NdMaPlants
Feb 20, 2018 8:22 PM CST
About two weeks ago, I bought this plant. I don't know what type of plant it is, but it looks tropical. It does not get a lot of light, but it does get light on sunny days. The plant has been doing very well- healthy and green- until I watered it on Thursday, February 15th. Now, on the 20th, the inside edges of the needles are yellow. Do you know what may be causing this, and, if so, how to fix it?

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 20, 2018 8:34 PM CST
Your plant is a Cycad revoluta , commonly called Sago Palm. It is a plant that when indoors should be close to a sunny window. It should be watered when the top quarter of the soil is dry. Make sure that the inner pot does not sit in any water that collects in the bottom of the outer pot.

A single watering will not cause leaf yellowing. Either it has not had adequate light or proper watering for quite some time before you got it and that is the cause of the frond yellowing; nothing you did.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 20, 2018 10:10 PM CST
Is the yellowing on the old fronds? Sago Palms shed their old leaves before growing new in the spring. That doesn't mean the old leaves will drop off though, when they are completely yellow/brown/dry, you will have to cut them off.

Follow Will's instructions for the best success with your new plant.
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NdMaPlants
Feb 21, 2018 3:41 PM CST
@WillC @DaisyL
Thank you for your replies- here are what the yellow needles look like. They are on each palm frond of the plant.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 21, 2018 4:15 PM CST
Cut off the all or mostly yellowed fronds as they will not re-green. Provide light and water as I described previously.

This is an exceptionally slow growing plant so don't expect any new fronds for quite a while. As long as there is no further yellowing, you will know you are on the right track. Be patient.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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