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reviving sago palms...

Posted by cyumickey 9? CA (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 18, 06 at 16:15

Hi all,

I have 2 (well 3) baby sago palms in pots. They are just sitting in the backyard waiting to be planted. My MIL got them for us, and brought them over before I was really ready for them. Anyway, I have not been able to water them daily (as instructed), and some fronds are dead and/or dying. Is there anyway to revive them? They won't be able to be planted for at least another few weeks. Please help! They are too expensive to go the way of all my other potted plants...dead.

I also have 1 tiny sago as a houseplant that did pretty well indoors for about a year with minimal watering. Now half of the fronds are yellow (but kind of soft still). I suppose that should go outside too...don't palms like sunlight?

Thanks! Oh, and I live in the Inland Empire...

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RE: reviving sago palms...

  • Posted by catkim San Diego 10/24 (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 19, 06 at 11:49

Baby cycads need regular water, sunlight (but not too much direct, burning sun), and above all, good drainage. The link below will give you expert advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cycad help & advice

RE: reviving sago palms...

thanks, that was really helpful! I am curious, though about these long, skinny, tentacle-like things that grew out of my indoor sago...they grew really long then dried up, but I can't pull them off of the plant...

RE: reviving sago palms...

Here is another link that may help you. The daily watering doesn't sound right, mine in a 10 pot gets it about every 10 days.

Here is a link that might be useful: another Cycad link

RE: reviving sago palms...

well it looks like they may be coming back! the pots have been moved for better drainage, and the color is coming back. My indoor plant has thrown up another long skinny shoot with little balls/dots...can someone please tell me what it is? It stands up straight in the air and is now almost twice the height of the plant. I'll try to get a pic of it. thanks!

RE: reviving sago palms...

  • Posted by sootie USDA 10/Sunset 24 (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 17, 06 at 18:45

I recently came across a photo of a sego with a few very tall, skinny, upright tendral-looking strands--among healthy 'fronds'. They said it was an example of not enough light. Because yours is indoors, that's probably the reason.

I suggest carefully cutting them off at base & giving plant more sun.

RE: reviving sago palms...

  • Posted by sootie USDA 10/sunset 24 (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 17, 06 at 21:05

I just located the picture of sego above mentioned!
It's at:
It's about the 8th photo down the page.

Let me know if that looks like *Yours*

RE: reviving sago palms...

yup! thanks for finding that! It definitely doesn't get enough sun. The tendril is REALLY long now, so I guess I'll just cut it off. Next time something like that starts to shoot up, I'll be sure to put it in direct sunlight!

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