I have two beautiful large saga palms. Last spring one did not get new fronds. I noticed it looked a little odd in the center, but only washed it with a hose and made sure it was fertilized.
Now I find both plants have an abundance of strange looking pink/gray moss all over the hearts. Some of it was thick, like cotton. I researched on the internet and found nothing that sounded or looked like this. I took a sample and photos to a nursery. No one there had ever seen anything like it, and advised me to go to the Department of Agriculture. Good advice. I used to use them a lot in San Joaquin County and they always had an answer and solution.
I went to the Stanislaus office and was informed they do not have a horticulturist on staff. They gave me phone numbers for Merced and San Joaquin counties.
If they do not employ a horticulturist because of funding, they should at least have a policy of getting answers for people. They could collect specimens/photos/etc. and handle getting an answer. People should not have to travel to other counties for answers.
Debra Dausy, Modesto