The Q&A Archives: Pruning New Growth from King Sago Palm

Question: How do I safely cut out the new plants forming around the base of the large King Sago without introducing disease or insects into the cut away area? Diane Duke Gainesville, FL

Answer: It may be reassuring that the Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) is the hardiest and toughest of its kind. The best way to protect yours from disease and insects is to promote good health. They require well-drained soil, and a fertilizer several times per year. If you plan to transplant the young plants, the best time for this procedure is early spring. Cut through the juncture between parent and daughter plant only half way, then cover the cut with soil to encourage roots to form. When you do remove theyoung plants from the parent plant, use a sharp-edged garden implement to ensure a clean cut. A local landscape professional or extension service (ph# 904/955-2402) may be able to provide you with more specific information.

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