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Palms and Cycads: Transplanting Cuban Royal Palms?

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

December 19, 2012
10:47 PM

Post #9362759

hi i have 2 cuban royal palms i got as small seedlings. I had a lot more but most died in pots so i planted these 2 in my garden thinking they'd grow better and i'd move them later. They took off and grew great and but i never got around to moving them. Now i need to move them before they grow big and split my garden edging.
Can i just shovel them out, cutting through some roots? Palms have spreading out roots dont they? becuase there close to the garden edge i couldnt dig out to far. Do they have a long tap root or anything, do i have to go real deep?
thanks for any advise.


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KAMasud
Rawalpindi
Pakistan
(Zone 9a)

December 23, 2012
5:21 PM

Post #9365636


Do it in the dormancy period or rainy season. Palm is a variety of grass. Keep a decent part of the root ball intact when lifting, cutting through a few roots, no problem.
Regards,
Masud.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

December 23, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9365746

thanks for your reply. Is the dormant season winter?, i didnt think it would like a new home in winter, wouldnt that shock it?
I was thinking after rain, just so the ground would be softer to dig. hehe!
KAMasud
Rawalpindi
Pakistan
(Zone 9a)

December 24, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #9366432


Please as soon as they break out of dormancy in spring when the sap starts to rise so that by next winter they get maximum time to establish. Sorry.
Regards,
Masud.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


January 12, 2013
9:05 PM

Post #9383284

I have not personally moved a Royal, but they are supposedly one of the better palms to move. Palms have no tap roots. But I do not know how deep they go (I have dug up some palms that have very deep roots- many many feet!). Still, the less roots you cut the better. Some palms are extremely touchy to moving and usually will die unless you really do not disturb the root ball at all (easier to do when small like yours)

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

January 12, 2013
10:51 PM

Post #9383330

thanks for the information.
KAMasud
Rawalpindi
Pakistan
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2013
5:25 AM

Post #9386847

Date Palms and some others that I have seen do not have a extensive root system, depending on the size of the plant and once you have found where one root terminates then you can start cutting the root ball out from that point. Mostly all the roots are equal which seems to be corroborated by palms pulled out by gales during rain when the soil is soft but I will defer to palmbob if he does not agree.
Regards,
Masud.
southgal

January 31, 2014
5:11 PM

Post #9759706

Bree,i love the way you have your little garden their in your pic.I love fan palms.

This message was edited Feb 2, 2014 12:03 PM

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

February 1, 2014
10:17 PM

Post #9760503

my bromeliad garden?, it looks alot nicer now with heaps more coloured ones in there.
southgal

February 2, 2014
9:07 AM

Post #9760764

Bree,it sounds beautiful.

ryt2ber

ryt2ber
Coconut Creek, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 2, 2014
7:44 PM

Post #9761100

palms are routinely "field grown" and then removed to be sold etc...

shouldn't be a problem

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