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Q.Pruning Sago Palms

Anonymous added on November 4, 2010 | Answered

My Sago Palms, which were planted at the corner of the driveway and the street, have now grown to 5′ to 6′ feet tall. They, of course, block the sightline of on-coming traffic and is dangerous for me and my wife and much more dangerous for visitors.
I want to prune them to approx.three feet tall and let them continue to delineate the corners but not harm the growth or the beauty of the plant. I’m from Atlanta but retired to the coast and clueless about tropical plants –red clay is MUCH DIFFERENT from Georgia coastal sand!
Please help me solve this troubling problem. –

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Answered on November 4, 2010

It is generally not recommended that you prune sago palms for height as this will most likely kill the plant. For your situation, however, you may want to consider stripping the lower fronds so that they do not block the line of sight to the road.

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