Sago Palm Problems: Tips On Treating Sago Palm Diseases

The saguaro cactus (Pithecarpus esculentum) is one of the most famous plants in Arizona. The desert landscape around Phoenix, Arizona, is dominated by these magnificent trees. They are native to Mexico and have been cultivated in North America since at least the early 1700’s.

These trees are hardy and adaptable, but they do require regular care. These plants need plenty of sunlight, water and air circulation. If not provided those three things will cause them to wither away quickly. They also grow fast so if you don’t provide them with adequate space or light they may die before their time.

If you live in the United States, you probably have some saguaros growing near your home. You might even have several of them. Some people like to keep them as houseplants; others enjoy having them in their yards. Most people seem to love these trees, which makes it all the more surprising that there are many diseases affecting these majestic trees.

Saguaro Wasting Disease

Saguaros are susceptible to a disease called Saguaro Wasting Disease. This has been a major problem in recent times since 1991. The first reports of this disease came from the Tonto National Forest. It was not known what caused this or how it spread, but scientists have done extensive research on this subject.

The first reports of saguaros dying came in the early 1990’s.

Sources & references used in this article:

Sago Palm (Metroxylon sagu Rottb.): Now and Beyond. by LWK Lim, HH Chung, H Hussain… – Pertanika Journal of …, 2019 –

Propagation and Breeding of Sago Palm (Metroxylon sp.) Plant in Vitro by S HISAJIMA, FS Jong, Y ARAI, ES Sim – Japanese Journal of …, 1991 –

Sago (Metroxylon sagu Rottboll), the Forgotten Palm by TA Chew, AHM Isa, MG Mohayidin – Journal of Sustainable …, 1999 – Taylor & Francis

The variability of the sago palm and the need and possibilities for its conservation by DL SCHUILING – V International Sago Symposium 389, 1994 –



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