The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Small Sago Palms

Question: I have cut off the small sago's from the larger palm. I found that they did not have a root fact I had to cut them away from the larger sago....The small plant is without any roots and has a flat side where it was connected to the larger palm. Will this sago survive...or was it supposed to have a root structure? These did not they were attached higher up on the trunk and did not have the roots. What do you recommend? Are these going to live if I pot them....and how should I pot them and what type of product should I fertilze or stablize them with...I am thinking they may go into shock.


Answer: You may have removed the sago sprouts a bit prematurely. Generally they take their nourishment from the parent plant while they are developing and producing roots of their own. When they're ready to make it on their own, the roots are visible and they will almost completely separate themselves from the parent plant. In fact, they'll either fall off on their own or you can remove them with a gentle tug. Since you've already cut the little palms away from the parent, you can try to coax them to root by planting them in moistened sand or potting soil. Bury the bottom 1/3 of the plant in the moistened potting soil. Keep the soil moist but not soggy wet and place them in a protected site (out of direct sunshine). If they're mature enough, they'll produce roots. Best wishes with your new little palms!

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