Sago Palm Turning Yellow

My plant has suddenly turned quite yellow. It was outside all summer and I brought in the house at the end of October. It appears that the soil is well drained. Could it be a light issue? Thanks!

Hi Marcia,

Rugged trunk, stiff green fronds on Sago Palm
Sago Palm

Yellow leaves on a Sago Palm, especially during the winter, is usually due to a watering problem. Sago Palms prefer to be on the dry side. When the plant was outside for the summer, it needed much more water than when it is inside for the winter, not growing as quickly, and the light is not as good.

Old fronds turn yellow from too much plant food. Sago Palms should not be fertilized in the winter.

New fronds start to turn yellow when the soil is lacking in certain nutrients such as nitrogen, magnesium, or potassium. Using a plant food especially for palms will solve this problem.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.