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Q.Why the New Leaves of My Bonsai Palm Tree Are Growing So Big?

gab added on June 2, 2013 | Answered

I am a new Bonsai owner and am trying to find out info about sago palm tree. The problem is that I have some new growth on it and the leaves are getting bigger and bigger. I need help because I can’t find any specific info on this. I have seen some video on the web stating that the new growth should be trimmed in order to keep the leaves small. However, I can not figure out if I should prune it or just let it grow till spring then prune it.

Please help me the leaves are getting BIG like 5-6+ times as big as original leaves which are small. Also what does this mean? Is it normal?

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Answered on June 17, 2013

Sago palms don't make the best bonsai candidates, as you are learning. However, since you've got it, no reason not to do as much as you can with it.
You can prune the large new leaves to a size more in keeping with the older leaves - just cut straight across the mid rib with a sharp pruner, at the point where you feel the size would look best. I think I would put the plant outside in the shade, if possible, being careful to water every day or so - drying is what usually does in beginner bonsai. Let it grow through the summer, thickening its trunk and strengthening the roots. Then prune the leaves when you bring it inside for the cool weather.
Some good plants for indoor bonsai are ponytail palm, schefflera arboricola, and some species of ficus. Continue research into bonsai - it's a huge topic and an engrossing hobby. Best wishes.

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Answered on June 3, 2013

Sago bonsai are young plants in a bonsai container. Your plant is most likely growing as it should. This article will tell about pruning a sago palm: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/sago-palm/prune-sago-palm.htm

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