The Q&A Archives: Too Much Sun For Sago Palms

Question: We took babies off of our established sago palm last year. They came from a shaded area so we slowly adjusted them to the sun. Still the palms seem to get sunburned and turned brown. One is finally thriving a year later. How can we adjust these babies to the sun when we take them off the main plant this year without having them turn brown?

Answer: As you've discovered, juvenile plants, with their more tender foliage, can be adversely affected by a change in exposure to sunshine. When you remove the offshoots from your palm this year, pot them up and allow to become established for a full year before gradually exposing them to more and more sunshine. The extra time involved should result in healthier, happier babies.

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