Can Mature Pups Of A Sago Palm Be Planted Directly In The Ground?

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I was told that you can put mature pups that were removed from a sago directly into the ground ; is this true?

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Answer #2 · Steve Knight's Answer · Thanks this is very helpful, as I am new to Florida.)

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Steve-The pups can be removed from the mother plant and planted directly in the ground but their chances of survival is far less than rooting them first in a pot of good potting soil. Once separated from the mother plant they will need a warm location, with plenty of light, and a well draining soil in order to develop new roots. When planted directly in the ground these conditions are sometimes hard to meet and the new pup will die especially from rotting in too wet a soil or a change to cooler temperatures before it will root. It is possible they may do well but being slow growers it take some time to produce the new roots to support the leaves the mother plant was helping to sustain.

It is best to remove the pup from the mother plant by carefully snapping off or cutting the pup off with a sharp knife. If there is only a few leaves you can leave them but if the pup has a fair amount of leaves remove at least 50% if not all of them. It will take some time to develop enough roots to support this foliage. Let the pup set in a shady spot for a week or two for a callusing or healing over of the break. This helps to keep the pup from rotting when placed into moist potting soil. Dip the lower 1/2 of the pup in a rooting hormone powder (purchased at most nurseries and garden centers) then place the lower 1/2 of the pup into a pot filled with a light well draining potting soil. Make sure the pot has holes in the bottom for good drainage. Use a pot that is only a few inches larger in diameter than the pup. It won't need much room until it first grows new roots. The smaller pot will keep the pup from staying to wet as a larger pot with more soil can hold to much water. Once planted water well and don't water again until the soil is almost dry. Don't keep the soil continually wet or the pup will rot before it is able to root. Keep the newly planted pup in a warm well lit location. New roots should start developing in a couple of months. Once the roots have started filling the small pot the plant can be transplanted to a large pot or into the ground.

Hopefully this has helped.


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