Hi gardening enthusiasts,

Are you having Sago problems? There is currently a widespread epidemic of scale on Sago palms. The scale is a white to grey insect that attaches itself to the veins, stems and leaves of the plant. One of the first things to do if you see these critters is to clip the more heavily infested leaves if possible; sometimes they are around the crown and this will make the plant very unattractive. Next, you can use insecticidal soap and apply this every 2 to 3 days. One application will not be enough, as these guys have a hard outer shell and you must be diligent. You can make your own soap by mixing 1/2 to 1 cup of soap per gallon of water (yes, you can use dish soap). Another remedy would be to apply horticultural oil. This oil is less heavy than its brother dormant oil and will cause the scale to suffocate (yeah). Check with your local nursery or garden center for some options. Make sure to check your Sagos regularly even if you donít see the scale to ensure you get a jump on them before they kill your plant. They really spread quickly so donít wait. Good luck and happy gardening.

Hollie Bishop Elliott

Hollie Bishop Elliott is an Innovative Environments Project Manager/Designer (innovativenvironments.com). Ask her a question: hollie_bishop@yahoo.com.