The reason you are seeing yellow sago palms on your table is because you have picked a dying specimen. Although some folks think that by removing those yellowing fronds they will improve the taste, this isn’t always the case. And while yellow leaves are often dying off, they are still retaining vital nutrients, which is taken away, can stunt plant growth or make it susceptible to pests. Here are some other reasons why you are seeing your favorite fruit becoming a desert fruit:
– Wind. The majority of palm trees are trained to grow upwind. In order to compensate for their tendency to grow in wind, sago palms are trained to grow diagonally instead. When the winds blow at an angle, instead of hitting a dead branch and forcing the stem to expand outward, it goes straight up in the air and starts to die.
– Disease. Many diseases strike at the fronds of palm trees. Yellow leaves can easily become patches of lesions when new growth begins to sprout. This process occurs due to a fungal infection that feeds on the keratin in the yellow leaves. If not treated, this infection can spread from branch to branch and even to the main trunk of the palm tree.
– Coffee Grounds. Far too many palm trees have been planted with coffee grounds in the soil. These coffee grounds, along with various other elements, tend to bleach out the soil, turning everything the color of lemons. This does not happen in a natural setting, and in most cases you wouldn’t even know there was a problem until the flowers began to die and the fruits started to deteriorate. This bleaching effect can also happen if you hang anything water-damaged in your garden on top of these coffee grounds.
– Predators. Sago palms are susceptible to predation by a variety of birds, including owls, cats, hawks, rats and other mammals. The larger and more dominant of these animals will often depopulate the entire area of feeding. The birds that don’top on the sago palms will simply move on. If you want to have healthy and abundant sago palms, then you need to make sure there is enough food in the area for them to feed on regularly.
– Moisture. Sago palms are native to South America but are now starting to grow in popularity as both a landscaping and as an ornamental landscape plant. Unfortunately, because palms are dependent on moisture for their survival, and their roots are also highly susceptible to rotting and drying out, they can quickly become ruined when their soil is no longer moist enough. If there are not regular rains in your area, or if you’re only getting a small amount of moisture in the soil, the palms will wither and die. You will have to replant your palms and hope that they do well enough to grow again.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that you prevent wasting coffee grounds when you use them in your landscaping and decorative landscaping projects. One way to avoid wasting coffee grounds is to make sure that they dry out completely between uses. If you hang your sago palms in your garden, then you should wait until they are completely dry before using them. If you prefer to fill pots or containers, then you should leave some space between the holes so that the water can evaporate.
It is also important to remember that although your sago palms are turning yellow, this does not mean that they have died. You may simply need to wait for them to settle down from their summer growth and go back to looking healthy. If you are afraid of rotting fronds and dying, you should be glad to know that there are many methods that you can use to maintain the health and beauty of your sago palms. Once you start growing your own coffee grounds, you will have much more control over how your plants look, and what happens to their leaves and roots when you harvest them.