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Old 05-16-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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Smile frozen sago palms

last winter my sago palms froze and all the fans turned brown, i cut them all off and now they are growinga green egg shaped blll on the top of them what are they?
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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a big ball/cone shape either green or yellow at the very top of the plant? it is pollinating and getting ready to regrow leaves
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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I have three big ones in the front that I thought were goners - but they trimmed them and they look like they are going to make it. They have those ball things, too.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:28 PM
 
Location: West Houston
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The ball is the new leaves. It will grow and distend, then unfurl.

Be sure to trim ALL the old dead leaves off or you will be looking at them forever.

(I know because mine is already all the way unfurled; I did the same thing, looked at it and said, "What the hell is that?").
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:46 PM
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Location: Houston
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Hum... I think the yellow ball is the flower, see this link: A Sago Palm reaches maturity after 15-20 years. pictures from trees photos on webshots. Mine has one for the first time too. In any case, yours is alive!
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:21 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Nope, those are new leaves.
lum747: watch the ball, the new leaves looks beautiful curled when very young
ARKive - Sago palm photo - Cycas revoluta - G42170
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:51 PM
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Location: Houston
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Nope, those are new leaves.
lum747: watch the ball, the new leaves looks beautiful curled when very young
ARKive - Sago palm photo - Cycas revoluta - G42170
You're right, I was thinking of something else. When I first noticed my sago palm last week, it had a yellow dome. Wasn't sure what it was but it was not like all the other years. I was just outside and this thing grew! It must have been the rain. Mine is now a 1-1/2-foot cone . Here's a photo I took a few minutes ago.

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Old 05-16-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I have a family member who owns a palm tree nursery and I e-mailed him after the freeze about my Queen Palms and he told me to not cut off any of the brown leaves until I saw some green ones start to show. He said that believe it or not, the continue to feed off of the brown ones. I waited until I saw at least one green leaf coming out on each before I had them trimmed. Not sure if sago palms follow the same or not.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:03 AM
 
Location: California
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The Sago is almost impossible to kill! We dug one up in the front yard, chopped the roots and threw it in a compost pile. It came back in all it's full glory...no roots, no water over the cold winter! Figured if it was that strong, I'd find a place for it in the back yard somewhere. All of mine are in full growth mode!
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