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Avatar for Kayakchik
May 1, 2020 2:00 PM CST
AZ
Hello! I've a small, young triple trunk pygmy palm growing outside of my kitchen window. I learned that they grow to 10 feet, so I want to relocate it so it doesn't block the window. The largest trunk is only 36" tall and the smallest is 11" tall. The base measures about 10" distance from the largest to smallest trunk. I've read that at this small of a size they don't take kindly to being moved and it may not survive. I have also seen advice on how to pamper it to increase survival chances. My questions are 1. Should I bother to transplant or am I wasting my time, 2. Can I handle this with a shovel, 3. How far away from the trunk base should I dig to preserve roots, 4. How deep will the roots be, or how far down will I be digging? I appreciate the advice, it seems most everything on the subject refers to fully grown palms. I live in Phoenix AZ. Thank you kindly for sharing your wisdom! - Julie Z

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May 2, 2020 3:24 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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The roots are very small and you can get it with a shovel. Take as much of the old soil as you can get to the new location. Stay away from the base with your shovel about 4 inches.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
Avatar for Kayakchik
May 2, 2020 7:50 PM CST
AZ
Wonderful wish me luck I appreciate the response it gives me a hope to dig a second hole ha ha Ha
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