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Best way to take care of this plant

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Nov 3, 2015
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Best way to take care of this plant

I received this plant and I really don't want it to die. I plan to water it weekly (hopefully that is enough) but sunlight is going to be a bit of an issue as my living room does not have much sunlight this time of year. Do I have to keep this plant in full sunlight and do I have to feed it other than water?
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May 28, 2012
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It's a sago palm. If you don't have enough light, the leaves will not keep that look, they will become more contorted as it reaches for more light.
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Aug 30, 2011
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Watch for bugs (mealy bugs, fungus gnats...) These are expensive plants and you are wise to want to keep it healthy. I rarely fertilize houseplants especially if the conditions aren't optimal because it will just result in weak growth. Nice plant though!
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Thank you both for replying.
The plant is starting to have yellow leaves now so should I cut these off?
Should the soil stay moist on top?
I use ground espresso a lot, should I mix some of the used espresso grounds in the soil to add nitrogen?
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rfd4life4ever wrote: Thank you both for replying.
The plant is starting to have yellow leaves now so should I cut these off?
Should the soil stay moist on top?
I use ground espresso a lot, should I mix some of the used espresso grounds in the soil to add nitrogen?
Yes, cut off any yellow/dead leaves.

I wouldn't recommend adding used grounds - or maybe just mix a couple of tablespoons every few months. You may find that it attracts fungus gnats, which are a real nuisance on houseplants. If you want to fertilize, then use a diluted amount of a balanced fertilizer that is for plants, during the plants active growth period early spring to early fall (I find plants do better with a rest period during the winter).
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I have one of these. It got infected with mealy bugs. It took two years of religiously wiping down the leaves with denatured alcohol to clear the infection. In the summer time, it goes outside because this plant loves full sunlight. When outside the thing grows like weed. Indoors, not too much happens. All I do is water, not even fertilizer.

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