Palm plant

Asked March 15, 2018, 11:14 AM EDT

Can you tell me why this plant is turning yellow and what kind of plant it is? Is it not getting enough sun? I have another that is doing well.

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Your plant appears to by a sago palm (Cycas revoluta). Although these plants look like palms, they actually belong to an ancient group of vascular plants known as cycads. Here is a link to information about this group: http://wimastergardener.org/article/cycad. Sago palms often exhibit yellowing of the leaves due to a nutrient deficiency. This can be remedied with proper fertilization. See this publication for details: www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/trees/hgic1019.html
However, be sure to examine you plant closely because other factors, such as scale and spider mites can also contribute to leaf yellowing.