Transplanting sago palms is less risky than moving true palms as cycads are less sensitive to root disturbance. Here are a few tips for reducing transplant shock and for restoring your trees to good growth and health after the move.
If the tree is small enough for you to lift and carry it, this is how you should proceed:
Removing the leaves is a preventative option. You don't have to do it. But it could save the tree if you do. The leaves will grow back in a couple of months.
If you can't bear to remove them, but need to get them out of the way so you can transplant the palm, tie them up tightly with a bungee cord.
Do not let the plant dry out but go easy on the water until you see new growth. Over watering a cycad with damaged roots is a recipe for rot.
Withhold food until the roots have had a chance to heal.
If the tree is too large for you to lift and you only need to move it a few feet from its current location:
If you can't dig a trench to the new location because it is too far away or there are other valuable plants in the way, wheel the sago to its new home on a hand truck.
When transplanting sago palms with trunks several feet tall, there is always the possibility of the trunk bending in transit. To prevent this, splint the tree by placing a wooden board on either side of the trunk. Tie the boards together.
When transplanting sago palms, the season is irrelevant. They can be moved at any time of year.
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