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Terence Price

I live in Spain and have a lovely Sago Palm in a large pot. The root growth is pushing the plant up out of the pot now and I wonder if I can safely take it out of the pot and cut back the bottom of the roots so that it will fit back in the pot?


  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,925
    Maybe get a bigger pot? 
  • Thanks anyway Debs but it is in the biggest pot sensibly available here and will be a two man job to re-pot it anyway.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,178
    Can it not go in the ground?  or do you need to be able to move it out of frosts in winter?

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks for the suggestion but our garden is mostly hardstanding with narrow beds around the perimeter so no suitable place to plant in the ground.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,200
    Yes, you should be able to root prune it - it works for agapanthus. When you've got it out of its pot, cut the bottom third off the roots with a saw, put some fresh gutsy compost in the bottom of the pot, replant it and then give it a good water.   Alternatively google on "root pruning of sago palm"  and see if anything comes up.  Good luck. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Many thanks Lizzie, just what I wanted to hear. Will check google first but will definitely give it a try.
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