Why Is My Sago Palm Yellowing?
Your sago palm turning yellow is mainly the result of a mixture of location, nutrition and amount of light. Sago palms can thrive on both the east and west coast. Let’s look at some of the common sago palm issues below, and what you can do to properly care for these trees.
1. Amount Of Light
Sago palms will thrive under really bright, indirect sunlight. It’s recommended to set their container somewhere that receives full sun but partial shade. This type of lighting can help yellowing leaves to eventually become greener over time.
If you are having trouble getting the perfect amount of light to your palm, it is okay to try other methods. In some cases, adding artificial LED lighting turned on 24/7 can help keep the leaves green.
Properly watering any plant can be difficult to figure out, with sago palms being no different. Incorrect watering is one of the leading causes of yellowing in sago palms.
Though some homeowners choose to keep their sago palm indoors, they do better overall when they are outside. Always ensure your sago palms have good drainage and refrain from leaving them in standing water. This can result in yellowing leaves.
Knowing your soil type and acidity levels will give you the best chance possible to grow a healthy sago palm. Magnesium deficiency causes color changes in these leaves, so it’s best to use a slow-release fertilizer. Be sure not to overdo it with the fertilizer, though, as an excess of fertilizer can cause leaves to yellow.
4. Cold Spells
These palms always do best in warm climates, but they are not immune to cold spells. This happens as the roots seize up, which makes it tougher for the palms to absorb the necessary nutrition.
The remedy is to simply not panic and continue to maintain good care of your palm. The leaves should become green again over time.
5. Acclimation Time
Like most things, sago palms are not fond of being disturbed. This means if you have recently moved or repotted the palm, it may take some to acclimate to the new surroundings. Yellow foliage and some droppings may be noticed at this time.
However, once the roots re-establish, the green color should be restored. Ensure your lighting levels are ideal and avoid any other disturbances to the plant. It’s wise to always acclimate your plants to new environments slowly.
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