How to trim a sago palm

How to Trim a Sago Palm

Have you ever wondered how to trim a sago palm? Perhaps you have experienced one of the following:

  1. A weather event has damaged the fronds of the palm. They look burned by a cold weather event. The picture attached is just following a sever winter event and all the fronds are brown and crispy. 
  2. The palm has outgrown the space. We have seen them installed around a front entry way or pools. When they are small, they are excellent “interest plants”. They have a unique structure and add some interest to the landscape, but when they grow, the sharp palms can be inconvenient. This may warrant a trim, but it could also mean that it is time to consider a replacement. You could go with another smaller Sago, or consider a better long term solution. 

So how do you trim the sago?

 It isn’t complicated. Make it a pineapple – or at least look like a pineapple. See picture. You can use standard loppers or even good hand pruners. Cut away all of the fronds and dispose of them. In the first months of spring you will start to see fronds grow out of the top of the base. By summer you will have undamaged fans. 


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