Transplanting - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
Question by alltay
July 17, 2005
My tasmanian tree fernsand sago palms have been in the ground for 2-3 years and have grown too big for the space they were originally planted in.
What is the correct way to safely transplant them into a larger space?
Many thanks for your help.

Answer from NGA
July 17, 2005


Early spring or late fall, when temperatures are cooler and rainfall abundant, is the best time to move your plants. Tasmanian tree fern will have a fibrous root system and should be easy to dig and transplant; sago palms have a rather narrow and deep root system so you'll need to take care in digging so that you don't sever the taproot type growth directly beneath the trunk. Water both well prior to the move (moist earth will hold the roots together, making the move easier). Best wishes with your relocation project!

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