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Does my Sago Palm have root rot?

Agree with Jim Young's answer, point given, but would add these are referred to as coralloid roots, and are common on Sago palm, image below https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

When you say pole saw I assume you mean a standard manual pole saw. If you're willing to spend a little money look into a chainsaw pole saw, that should tear through them in a hurry.
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Covering soil of Ponytail Palm

I've only seen this practice a few times in plants sold through the big-box stores. I believe they glue the gravel together so it doesn't fall out of the pot during shipping. The gravel is meant to ...
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My Areca Palm is dying

First thing to do is correct your watering regime - little and often is not a good idea, it's better to let the plant dry out slightly between waterings, and water thoroughly when you do water. If the ...
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How can you tell if a ponytail palm tree is dying?

The top part is dead and the most likely cause is overwatering. This plant is officially known as Beaucarnea recurvata and is a plant for high light and dry conditions. From the picture it looks ...
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Kentia palm dying. Advice? :(

The big white stains on the leaves could be a few things powdery mildew: unlikely given the hard waxy coat on the leaves. Wipe it off with a damp soapy cloth dried salts from overhead watering in the ...
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What type of palm tree is this, including its scientific name?

It looks like Phoenix canariensis to me, which is, indeed, commonly known as Canary Island Date Palm, although it doesn't produce dates - the one that does is Phoenix dactylifera. It does produce ...
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Date palm just growing in height but not getting a trunk

I am growing a date palm, Phoenix dactylifera as well. The seeds germinated readily from fresh dates about five years ago and it's about three feet (one meter) tall. I have also maintained similar ...
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What are these hard white/brown spots growing on my houseplant?

I've had every kind of pest and didn't want to trash my babies. The only thing that has worked for me is to take them, pot and all, if small or if large, out of the pot wash roots and submerge them ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I have used high-quality Japanese saw blades to cut dry palm fronds (replacing them when they start getting dull). They cut through even dry fronds like butter (as long as the teeth are a good size: ...
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Can you tell the age of a palm tree by its leaf scars?

This dendrochronologist says that some people extrapolate the age of palms from their leaf scars, and the time it takes to grow a leaf, but that the method is just a wild guess. But there is no other ...
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What is the fruit of the Chinese windmill palm, and is it edible?

The fruit is usually not consumed, but is occasionally used for medical purposes in some countries - it has a haemostatic effect, meaning it clots blood, and may be used to make a solution for use as ...
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What is the tall plant in these photos?

As you're in East Anglia, UK, the plant growing at the base of your banana is Fatsia japonica rather than anything more exotic. This is quite the strangest planting combination I've seen - banana ...
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Does anyone know what type of palm tree is this?

It's a Japanese Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta. It looks to be in fine condition so I would not prune it at all if you can avoid that. You will not kill it by removing a leaf but you should only remove the ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I quickly gave up using a pruning pole saw, and now cut the dead fronds from my Washingtonias, and Phoenix palms, in minutes with cheap but efficient pruning shears which I bought from my local ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I always used a bow saw or pruning saw to trim my big and little palms. They will cut through anything. Not good for high stuff. Mine got so big I had to finally break down and hire someone to cut ...
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Pineapple or Date Palm?

Pineapple palms typically refer to Phoenix canariensis and (typically) have a thick trimmed trunk with the overall appearance of a large pineapple. The Date fruit come from the Phoenix Dactylifera. ...
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Is it normal for palm trees to drip a brown gummy sap?

The only cause of dripping 'gummy' stuff is usually an infestation or bacterial infection. Pest infestation such as Palm Scale particularly can cause dripping of sticky stuff, but if the dripping is ...
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What can I apply on Dypsis lutescens to deter a cat without killing the plant?

Cats don't like the smell of Pelargoniums, so adding a couple of pots of those around the base of the existing plants might help. Otherwise, try mothballs, but you need the old fashioned, napthalene ...
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How to straighten a leaning Ponytail Palm?

Plants grow towards the light. This one needs to be turned on a regular basis. Just a little nudge every week will do. You could repot it straighter but that will still leave the large stem leaning....
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What is this orange? pus growing on my Palm Tree?

When the female sago palm flowers, the 'flower', which looks nothing like the usual idea of a flower (they look more like orangy, ferny growths) is situated exactly where the orange fuzzy stuff is in ...
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How can I propagate Phoenix canariensis with vegetative offshoots?

It's likely its not Phoenix canariensis, but Phoenix dactylifera, which does produce suckers or offshoots in either its fourth year or tenth year, or both. They can be used as new plants, but need to ...
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How can I save my dying palm tree?

Whatever you do, don't cut off the top 3 inches of the palm - its equivalent to decapitation in an animal, and the plant will die. You can try removing anything that's dead though. This palm looks to ...
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Why is my Majesty palm getting dried out, when the soil is moist and I'm misting the foliage daily?

Misting is not an effective way to raise the humidity around a plant unless you are in a greenhouse. The amount of time the humidity is raised is very small. Try checking the soil and watering when ...
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How should I take care of my new Areca Palm?

I recommend these steps: with a damp cloth or paper towel wipe down the stems and leaves. This will remove any pesticide residue and whatever is on the leaves and stems. do not spray with any ...
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Which of these palms would be easier to take care of in an indoor 9" pot?

I would not choose either palm as an indoor plant. They are smaller and fast growing which makes them popular with the growers but if they are grown in less than optimum conditions (which is typical ...
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How do I remove sticky palm sap from the household fixtures around it?

Check the palm thoroughly, sounds as if its got an infestation of either mealybug, scale insect or a heavy crop of aphids. These all produce honeydew, and that is very sticky indeed, and may be what's ...
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Giving my palm tree a second life

Your Areca palm can be cared for with these suggestions: Get a pair of scissors that have been washed in isopropyl alcohol or similar. trim all dead material from the fronds leaving a small margin of ...
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What is this plant with long narrow leaflets?

This plant is an Areca palm, (Dypsis lutescens) which is native to Madagascar but naturalized across the world. When grown outside in Florida they can reach heights of 20' (~6 M). Indoors they are ...
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