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. Remove all the leaves. I know this sounds drastic, but it will actually protect the tree. If you do more root damage than you realize when you move the tree, it won’t be able to take up enough water to support the leaves. As a result, the leaves can collapse and tear the apex apart, killing the tree.
- Move sago palms in the winter while dormant so that it doesn’t stress or shock the plant.
- Do not replant the sago palm too deeply when repotting
- Do not over water the sago palm unless your sago plant is indoors
“The general rule when planting anything is to make the hole twice as wide, but no deeper than the plant’s root ball.”