The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Sago

Question: I have a 5feet tall and 5 feet wide sago palm that is too big for the area it is in. I want to move it to another area of my yard. Could you please tell me how to do this without killing it, I do not have a "green thumb"?

Answer: It's less stressful to plants if you move them during the cooler weather of spring or fall. The day before the move thoroughly soak the soil around the plant to make for easier digging. Also dig the new hole so it's ready to receive the plant. On the day of the move dig a generous hole in both width and depth to remove as much of the rootmass as possible without injury. Palms have fibrous roots that are usually concentrated directly below the trunk and can extend as far out as the ends of the fronds.

Be sure to dig and replant quickly so the roots are not exposed to drying conditions for any longer than necessary.

Replant so the palm is at the same depth as it was growing before the move. Tamp the soil down gently around the roots, filling in as you tamp. Then water thoroughly to help settle the soil. Provide water weekly until your palm has a chance to become established in its new home.

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