Asked on Dec 10, 2011

I have a small sego and it is turning brown, what do I need to do to save it. and what is the proper feeding for sego's

Douglas HuntGarden Rebel / Sims Landscaping, Co.Karen M


7 answers
  • 3po3
    on Dec 11, 2011

    A well-mulched sago should not need water outside of the summer growing season.

  • Sago's normally turn brown from foliar fungus. It can spread pretty fast and is controlled with copper sulate,it does take up to several months to recover as the damaged leaves are a total loss and you have to wait for the new growth to replace it. Nutrition is Florida soils is critical for a deep green color.I feed with Epsom salts, coffee grounds, chelated iron and once or twice a year I add Palm fertilizer with minors. The Cycad family is not a palm at all but they are often referred to as palms and they appreciate the same food. The short story is that healthy growth is all about nutrition,just like in people.The common insect is Asian scale and is often misdiagnosed as a fungus. It can be controlled with an oil spray or you can make a quart of extra coffee and add 1 Tbs of Murphy's Oil soap. Put into pump up sprayer and carefully spray bottom and top of foliage with this solution and it does a perfect job.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Dec 13, 2011

    If you are seeing what looks like white powder on the leaves before they turn brown then that is probably a good indication you have cycad scale and should follow Garden Rebel's suggestion to use horticultural oil or the Murphy's and coffee combo, making sure to prune off all fronds that show any sign of infestation and disposing of them in a sealed plastic bag.

  • Patrick S
    on Dec 17, 2011

    I have done everything recommended and now have to wait for a little while to see if everything is working

  • Karen M
    on Dec 17, 2011

    good luck! there's nothing harder than waiting!

  • Expect a renewed growth and fresh look somtime is the spring,perhaps even mid or late spring.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Dec 18, 2011

    Patience is one of the hardest things for a gardener to learn.

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