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.
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!
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)
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.