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Question: Before I purchase a SagoPalm, per instructions refill with half soil amendent and half native soil. What is best for this palm. 1/2 soil and 1/2 sand or just use soil. What is the best fertilizer, could I use 10 10 and what type of mulch best to use? I am in Georgia-Atl
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Answer: Mix compost or aged manure into the soil you take out of the planting hole. Don't use sand. While sand will help drainage, you really want some organic nutrients in with the soil to help feed the roots. Bagged compost or bagged manure should be available in your garden center. Mix by volume into your native soil and refill the hole with this amended soil while planting your new sago. Don't feed until the roots are well established (about late summer). You can then feed with a 10-10-10 in amounts as recommended on the fertilizer label. Sago palms are very slow growing so don't expect to see huge amounts of growth even after feeding your new palm. After planting you can spread a few inches of compost over the top of the soil to help suppress weeds. Best wishes with your new sago.

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