Sago Palm Trees

How Best to Transplant a Sago Palm

Roger added on February 17, 2011 | Answered

The tree is presently planted in heavy clay soil and is approx. 4 ft. tall. I wish to relocate it to a sandy loam area. This area has a hardpan layer approx. 24-30 in deep, otherwise good drainage. Do I need to break through the hardpan layer? What else do I need to be concerned with?

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Answered on February 18, 2011

I would break up the hardpan area and amend the soil with compost prior to any transplanting. Also, you should keep in mind that sago palms do not like to be disturbed, so any transplanting needs to be done with great care. Mature palms can be transplanted in early spring or late fall. Include as much of the root system as possible when digging up and moving it. You may also want to consider trimming the plant back to prevent transplant shock. Here is an article that you may find helpful:

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