The Q&A Archives: planting sago palm & date trees

Question: How do prepare the soil for a date tree and how long do the roots reach on a 5' sago palm?

Answer: For best results, mix compost into the soil throughout the planting area (not just the planting hole). Then dig a hole just as deep as the rootball or a little shallower. Plant the sago and date palms at or just a little higher than they were growing in the container or garden bed. Water them in well and after that keep the soil moist but not soggy. Mulch the surface with leaves or pine straw. Start fertilizing lightly about 6 weeks after planting using a soluble plant food such as Miracle Gro. Sago palms are slow growing and their root systems are not too extensive. They will be deeper than they are wide. Begin digging at about 12 inches from the trunk and you should be able to remove the palm without too much trouble. Best wishes with your garden!

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