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Q.Removing Sago Palm Pups

Anonymous added on January 5, 2011 | Answered

I have read articles describing the removal of the pups from sago palms. They have described removing the pups and allowing them to dry for a week, or ‘harden off’ before planting.

However, none of the articles indicate if anything should be done to the ‘mother’ palm after removing the pups. Should the ‘open wound’ where the pups are removed be protected in any way? If so, what are the recommendations?

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Answered on January 6, 2011

You do not need to do anything for the mother plant. The wound will harden off on the mother the same as it does on the pup. If you try to cover the wound, you can actually create an environment where disease and fungus can grow.

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