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Sago palms are a beautiful plant that requires a large time commitment but not too much work to keep them looking great. If you purchase a young Sago palm it could be up to 13 years before it’s first flower blooms and 70-100 years before reaching it’s full height!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Sago-Palm.jpgMany gardeners keep their Sagos in pots for convenience but this creates it’s own set of problems. Potted trees often have problems draining which can allow mold and disease to develop. Because of this it is important to be careful of overwatering. Only water your Sago if the soil is starting to become dry. When selecting your pot, make sure your pot has a drainage hole in the bottom and that the hole is unobstructed at all times. If your Sago is planted in your yard, water long enough to make the soil is still damp after 5 minutes.

Sagos need fertilizer treatments twice a year with a palm specific mix to build up defenses against weather, insects and disease. The best times to fertilize are the  beginning of the summer and winter season.

Thankfully, this palm is fairly hearty and can survive Florida’s mild winters. Sagos can withstand brief periods of temperatures as low as 15 degree F. (-9 C.), but are killed at 23 F. (-5 C.) or below. This means you need to provide sago palm winter protection in most areas outside of Florida. Homeowners in The Villages and Central Florida should not have to worry about protecting their Sagos unless we get an unusually cold and sustained winter.

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Tropical Hibiscus provide your home with a beautiful pop of color that can last all year long if properly maintained. Because they are a tropical plant they need consistent warmth throughout the fall and winter to keep healthy. When temperatures in Central Florida drop below 40°F it is important to bring your plants indoors, making it more convenient to keep potted plants. However, many Florida residents plant Hibiscus directly into their yards and will require blankets wrapped around the bases’ of the plants to retain any available heat as soon as a cold snap is announced.

Besides temperature considerations, your home’s region will affect the nutrients your Hibiscus requires. In the areas surrounding Orlando, a light regular treatment of a balanced fertilizer is necessary twice a month in spring and summer or once a month in the fall and winter. Further north around The Villages, a balanced but potassium rich fertilizer is needed with the same frequencies. A slow release fertilizer is ideal so you do not risk over fertilizing your Hibiscus and your plant can absorb what it needs as needed.

By properly maintaining your tropical plants you can look forward to beautiful flowers no matter the season.

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Here in Florida, we're certainly not used to this chilly weather. It's safe to say our plants aren't either! Don't forget about your landscape when you're bundled up inside with the heat on. The plants need some TLC too! That's why we've put together this handy guide for caring for your tropical plants when temperatures drop. If you have further questions, you can always call your lawn and landscape expert at Falcon Lawn & Pest at 1-800-532-5266. Stay warm!

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Cold weather can leave your lawn and landscape looking pretty sad. Be patient! Do not over water, don't use quick release nitrogen fertilizers and do not cut your lawn too short or scalp it. Using quick release fertilizers will increase the incidences of fungal diseases and make the lawn prone to permanent damage from future frosts, so do not be tempted to do it. Scalping the lawn will damage exposed rhizomes and stolons, thus removing the insulating cover of blades leaving the lawn susceptible to future frost damage. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Falcon Lawn & Pest at 1-800-532-5266 or you can refer to our lawn page for reference.

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As the summer departs, the fall will bring changes in how you must approach lawn care. Winter months means less rain and slower lawn growth. You won’t have to mow as frequently as you do in the summer but watering is still an important step. The best time of day to water is in the early hours of the morning before the sun comes up. Watering at night can lead to fungus while watering in the late morning or during the day can evaporate the water before it has time to reach the soil. 

Achieving a perfect lawn year-round is possible with Falcon Lawn & Pest on your side. Call us today for your free lawn analysis: 1-800-532-5266.

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