How To Trim a Sago Palm

Sago palms add a tropical vibe to any landscape or home.You need to trim off dead and damaged fronds in the fall and early spring to keep them healthy.Excess pups, or baby sago palms, that grow on or around the tree are a good idea to remove.Before you trim or remove pups from your sago palms, make sure to protect your skin with gardening gloves and long sleeves.

Step 1: Sago palms need to be trimmed in autumn.

The best time to trim sago palms is at the end of the growing season since they won’t be producing new growth.You will be less likely to weaken the sago palm if you cut healthy new fronds.The sago palm can be weakened by cutting off healthy fronds.

Step 2: The sago palms need to be trimmed at the beginning of the spring.

Sago palms can survive cold winters, but can be damaged by frost.Wait until spring, when there will be no more frosts, to remove frost damaged foliage.The sago palms need to be prepared for new growth in the spring.

Step 3: Gloves and long sleeves are needed to protect your skin during trimming.

You should put on a pair of gardening gloves to protect your hands.The skin on your arms should be protected with a long-sleeved shirt.The sago palm can be toxic to humans and animals.Pets and small children should not be near the trees.

Step 4: The sago has yellow and brown fronds.

Cut off the old and dying leaves from the base of the tree with gardening shears or clippers.Cut them off as close to the trunk as possible.Unless you absolutely need to cut off green fronds for ornamental purposes, only cut dead or damaged fronds.

Step 5: If you want to make a statement, remove the fronds from the plant’s trunk.

If you want to give the trunk apineapple look, cut off all the fronds.Don’t cut off healthy fronds between the 10 and 2 o’clock positions.Your sago can be weakened by removing healthy fronds from the trunk.This is only recommended if you want your sago to look a certain way.

Step 6: When you are done, remove the litter and debris from the tree.

The base of the sago palm needs to be cleared to provide more air flow.It’s a good idea to dispose of the debris in a yard waste bin or dump.When disposing of the debris, always use gardening gloves and long sleeves.The male plant can cause problems.

Step 7: Pop the sago palm pups off the trunk with a hand trowel.

The pups grow along the sides of the sago palm.If you want to remove them from the trunk of the tree, use the edge of a trowel to pry them off.If you don’t have a trowel, you can use a knife to dig them up.Before and after the growing season, you should remove pups.You can do this at the same time you do annual trimming.The best time to replant them is early spring.

Step 8: If you want to transplant the pups, remove the foliage and dry them out.

Cut the foliage of the pups with garden clippers.Before you replant them, dry them out for a week.New sago palms should be planted in sandy soil.

Step 9: When the sago palms form, remove the cones.

If you want your sago palm to grow fronds instead of cones, you need to remove the cones whenever you see them.You can slice the cone with a knife.The male and female sago palms can produce cones.The female cones last longer than the male cones, and will take away the energy from your sago palms.