First let me say…
I did not purchase the above plant. I took the picture merely to show the price, which you really can’t see after all. But it was something like $79.99.Suffice it to say, I have my own. I actually think it originally came from Grandma Tracy’s house, and it seems like it’s been around here forever. In March of 2017 it was doing okay in the front yard, but it was outgrowing its pot. Plus, this is Fresno, and at the risk of perpetuating the typical Fresno “put-downs”, sago palms do occasionally get stolen from people’s front yards.Apparently I wasn’t watering it enough, because in July of 2017 it looked like this. So I loaded it up on my trusty teacher “roll-y cart” and brought it around to the back. I trimmed it back and put it in partial shade, and by August of the same year it was starting to look pretty good.By January of 2018 it even had babies!This was September of 2018. It had turned all yellow again, so I trimmed it all the way back, and tried to figure out where to plant it in the yard.I went ahead and put it there, and then made my first mosaic planter out of the pot it had been in. It basically looked like this until about April of this year. And then…
Imagine my delight when all these new leaves sprouted! By the end of May it was flourishing in all its splendor!Still looking good in June. (Just don’t ask about the yellow flowers.)And now that it’s August, it looks like this! Granted, it has been really hot, and it pretty much gets full, direct sun. Upon looking up “sago palm leaves turning yellow in the center” I discovered that they really aren’t supposed to be in direct sun all day. When I looked up “transplanting sago palms” I realized that would likely be more of a pain than it was worth, and I might actually kill it off if I did it in the middle of August. So I went to “Plan B”.
At one time there was this plastic white lattice on the patio in front of the window. When I finally decided to take it down, I saved it “for such a time as this”, where it spent a couple of years up against the fence at the side of the house. Maybe now I could use it to make some sort of awning or shade for the sago palm.Fortunately, at my house there is no shortage of random pieces of PVC pipe and all the connectors. From helping Mark make puppet stages for Sunday school over the years, I know how to cut them and attach them together.
The lattice turned out to be easy to cut with this yard clipper. Soon I had it cut in half. I did have to cut it a little smaller, and then my job was to figure out how to use the PVC pipes as a frame.First off, much of the ground in this area of California is hard pan. In fact, if you want to read something really fascinating about someone who did amazing things with hard pan, click this link and take a look at Fresno’s Forestiere Underground Gardens !
Unlike Baldassare Forestiere, I didn’t have the patience to dig through even my tiny bit of hard pan, so I had to bring out the hose.
With a little trial and error the lattice shade started to take shape. It looked great! There was only one problem. The sun moves in the opposite direction, so instead of getting more shade as the day went on, it got less!Around 8:00 that evening I had decided something like this would be better. It needed more of an overhead shade than a side shade. As usual, multiple texts to Christy and my sister were in order.
This morning I made a quick trip to Carlos’s store for some zip ties, and voila! Now the sago palm shade looks lots better and I think it should keep at least some of the mid- afternoon sun off . Oh, and speaking of Carlos’s store, look what I got when I was there the other day! New plants for the cactus area.
10 thoughts on “Sago Saga Part 1”
Ooh I love it, I am going to call my odds and ends pile a “for times such as this” stash. And zip ties are one of my favorite garden supplies 👍
I do hope this Palm appreciates all of your efforts! You are so industrious! And how fun to have a Cactus area. 🙂
It better! 😂 I am excited about the cactus area, it’s slowly starting to take shape…🌵
What a great idea! The ‘shade going the wrong way’ made me smile. That tripped me up when we moved to the southern hemisphere where the sun does go the other way: east-north-west. It seemed very weird at first.
Looking forward to seeing your cactus garden 🙂
Oh wow! That’s something that never would have occurred to me about the southern hemisphere! That would seem weird! Glad you liked my idea, we’ll see how well it works 🤔
I really like your way of thinking … practical and creative!
Thank you! I’m hoping it works and the sago palm will turn green again😊
Lulu: “What a pretty little plant! And our Dada says don’t worry about putting down Fresno, they steal Sagos here in San Diego, too!”
Glad you like our plant! Now we don’t feel so bad, since Sagos get stolen in San Diego too! We guess they grow a lot better down there though!
Foster and Panda