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Sago Palm Leaves Turning Yellow: Causes & Fixes

Hence the name, a sago palm comes from the family of palms, and in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful trees one can own. Besides being a tree, it is considered a houseplant as well because its form of looking is the best thing that you can use both indoors and outdoors.

Anyways, it is the leaves that are the vital thing in this plant, as they are basically the reason why I am writing this article. Here, you will find the answer to the question of why sago palm leaves are turning yellow because it is one of the most common “illnesses” that could happen to this plant. Also, you can find ways how to prevent this issue, only if you stick until the end of this article!

Right now, without any further ado, let us go through sago palm leaves turning yellow!

Why Are My Sago Palm’s Leaves Turning Yellow?

The leaves of a sago palm are the reasons why anyone chooses this plant, and it is because they look awesome. In a normal way, they have a super amazing green color which is a little bit different from the other ones that you are used to seeing. Also, I would like to mention that wherever you choose to use it, this plant will make the place look way better than it already was.

However, those amazing green leaves can quickly turn yellow if you don’t take care of the plant, and still, there are some of the main things that can cause the leaves to turn yellow, and they include improper watering, lighting conditions, lack of nutrients, transplanting shock, stress, and the pest infestation.

Let me explain them to you in detail!


Being listed as the first one as the reason that sago palm leaves are turning yellow, watering is one of the most important things that any plant requires from you. However, even though it is quite essential, it is super-confusing as well.

In some other plants there are overwatering and underwatering mentioned, but in a sago palm the problem, in fact, the yellow leaves appear because of overwater! Overwatering is definitely one of the first things that cause the yellowing of leaves on a sago palm.


Just like water, light is also one of the crucial things without which a plant can never live. Well, whenever yellow leaves appear on a sago palm, it is because of its lack and the excessive lighting that it gets.

When it comes to the yellow leaves on a sago palm, you should always have in mind that it can get a sunburn, and it goes to the excessive one. I would specifically mention direct sunlight, as it is one of the main reasons for the yellowing of leaves in a sago palm.

Lack of Nutrients

Another thing that I wouldn’t like to leave unmentioned is the lack of nutrients in a sago palm. I am well aware of the fact that you may already know that a plant cannot live and grow in a healthy way without having a sufficient number of nutrients, and being the food of a plant, the lack of them in a sago palm, causes leaves to turn yellow quicker than you can ever imagine.

Transplantation Stress and Shock

Whenever people change their living place they are super worried whether they will be used to the one that they found, and plants are no exception, they have some kind of stress and shock when you change their soil or its entire pot.

If you do so, change a sago palm’s place, you should always expect leaves to turn yellow!

How to Prevent Sago Palm Leaves From Turning Yellow?

Now that you have an idea about the reasons that cause sago leaves to turn yellow, it is important to mention that there are some ways or methods through which you can protect sago palm leaves. Always remember that preventions are based on the reasons!

Proper Watering

Proper watering in a sago plant means that you should water it every two weeks, but you should remember that it needs deep watering. Considering that I mentioned overwatering as a reason above, it is because sago palms like having dryer soil than a super-wet one.

Lighting Conditions

Sago palms like light, and they require it for at least eight hours a day. However, there is a fact that should be mentioned and it is related to the direct light that may cause whole burning plant. By eight hours of light, I mean that you can make a combination of direct and indirect light while taking care of not going to an excessive direct one.

Needed Nutrients

There are four types of nutrients that sago palms need and they include nitrogen (the main one), phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. If you give them properly at a ratio of 12-4-12-4, the sago palm will stay healthy with green leaves instead of yellow.

Stress and Shock Manifestation

As I mentioned, the shock can happen when you change the place of the plant in other words known as transplantation. However, you should know that the yellowing of leaves, in this case, is more natural and likely to happen, so in order to deal with it, you should wait until the plant gets used to the new habitat place.

Final Words

Here we are at the end of this article! As you can find out, there are different reasons that cause leaves to turn yellow, but basically, the main ones are watering, light, and nutrients. If you check ut deeper the requirements that a sago plant has from you, you can easily prevent those causes that I mentioned.

I really hope that this article will help you know why palm leaves turn yellow, and I hope it helps you deal with them!

Further Reading

Finishing this article without mentioning some other articles that I have already written isn’t quite my thing, and I would like to introduce you to some other ones!

If you are dealing with yellow leaves on another plant, I would recommend you find out why squash leaves are turning yellow, the reasons and fixes on olive tree’s leaves turning yellow, and the reasons why snake plant leaves turn yellow.

Also, the brown leaves are a common issue that many of you may deal with, and here I would like to include majesty palm leaves turning brown, as well as quince leaves turning brown! If you own roses, you may have noticed that their leaves turn red somehow, and that’s why I would also like to include the main reasons why rose leaves turn red!

Check those articles out and stay tuned for more!

Ella Holmes

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