Friday, May 22, 2009

Sago Palm pests

I had noticed tiny white spots on my big Sago Palm and finally decided to do something about it. I thought it might be scale (horrors!) and it is. I searched the internet for info on Sago Palm scale and there were several hits.

The long and short of it was to cut all the fronds off and spray/pour an insecticide for scale all over it and on the dirt around it. This will have to be repeated weekly for several weeks.

The trimmings had to be collected and carried to the garbage can and the items used to trim the palm had to be cleaned. (The internet instructions said to get rid of everything that had touched the palm, but I just sterilized the clippers.)

If you have Sagos, be on the watch for this cruel pest.

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