Sago Palm Trees

Sago Palm: Tall Growth in Middle

Anonymous added on November 21, 2011 | Answered

I purchased two sago palms in 6-inch containers a few weeks ago. One had fronds or little fern-looking growths in the middle of the plant that were about the same height as the branches at the time. Now they are 12-14 inches taller than the branches and growing! What is the difference between the two plants? How tall will this part of the plant get? Can I prune them or will they turn into branches?

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Answered on November 22, 2011

It could be one of two things. First, your palm may be flowering. This site will have more info for you on this:

Second, it could be due to poor lighting, which can cause new leaves to stretch out from the middle in search for more ligh. Here is more info on that...scroll down some for a picture:

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