Too Much Sun For Sago Palms - Knowledgebase Question

Fountain Valley, CA
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Question by bbte
May 11, 2001
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 from NGA
May 11, 2001
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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