Repotting Sago Palm Trees: How And When To Repot A Sago Palm
The most common question that I get asked is “How do I repot my sago palms?”
The answer is simple, but it takes time and patience. There are many reasons why you might want to repot your sago palms. You may have a large tree or you just need some space for another tree. Whatever the reason, here’s what you need to know.
Repotting Your Sago Palm Tree: How And When To Repot A Sago Palm
You don’t want to spend too much time repotting your trees because they will grow back faster if you wait until their roots are established before doing so. If you’re not sure when to repot your sago palms, then you should wait until the soil temperature reaches 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 C). That’s right, it gets hotter than that and your roots won’t survive.
If you live in a hot climate where the average summer day is over 100 degrees F (38 C), then you’ll probably want to wait until the soil temperature drops into the 60s Fahrenheit (16 C) range.
After you know the time is right, the next thing to do is find the perfect potting mix. You should have a combination of 50% potting soil and 50% perlite or coarse sand. The coarser the soil, the better because it allows more aeration for the roots. You should also try to get something that has few (if any) fertilizer and herbicide additives.
These additives can burn and even kill your sago palm tree roots.
When you’re ready to repot your sago palms, use a shovel or other sharp tool to cut away the root mass from the bottom of the pot. Once you have a clean break, you should be able to pull out the tree by grabbing the soil with both hands and rocking it back and forth to work it free.
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