The Q&A Archives: Sago Palm

Question: Can I transplant my sago palm in a container indoors for the winter since I live in zone 6 and then transplant it outside in the spring?

Is it likely to live?

Answer: If your palm is planted in the ground so that you have to dig it up or uproot it and pot it, then I think it will be stressful on the plant and may kill it. On the other hand, it will freeze to death if left outdoors for the winter so it is worth a try. Be sure to use a free draining soil mix to reduce the risk of overwatering your palm while it is in the container indoors. Next year, consider keeping it as a container plant to reduce the stress on it when it is time to bring it indoors again.

If your palm is currently growing in a container, it is fine to bring it inside for the winter. Keep it in a bright location with high humidity and take care not to overwater it.

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