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Old 03-05-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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My new house (actually the whole neighborhood) has sago palms, I have 4, not my choice but I'll deal with them. they are well established. I saw some that are taller than mine and it looks like the branches on the bottom were trimmed and they grew "up". is this possible. maybe if they were taller I like them better. they arent in the best places for me. On overhangs both the sidewalk and driveway, so you get stuck everytime you walk by. I"ve trimmed the branches back, but they're growing out again...

any suggestions, short of borrowing a pickup truck and pulling them out of the ground?
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I don't see how you can trim them without spoiling the look. They are definitely at their best when they're small, and it sounds like they have outgrown their area.
Maybe some landscapers would take them out for you free, or buy them?
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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Can you move them to other areas in your yard. Sagos are not cheap when they get large. Also they were kind of a fad a few years ago.

Like was suggested above a landscaper might come and remove them for free if they have a use for them.

I have done this on several occasions but only for 10,000lb Canary Island Date Palms.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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In the SE they transplant quite well... is that an option, to move them to a better location? It's more of a specimen plant... use it alone to enjoy the look.

I love the sago...little care, unusual and exotic foliage... outstanding shape.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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That 'trim up' is usually done once a year or so, to remove the yellowing/fading lower frond levels.
Just like nearly all the palm species. As the lower fronds are trimmed off, and the new 'pups' sprout, vertical growth is added.
The other ones you see/mentioned are older and have more vertical growth.

As to whether or not one likes them, like most plants/trees it is a personal decision. The sago is little changed from the Dinosaur Days, fwiw.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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BTW FYI

Most "Sago Palms" used in the US are not actually Palms but Cycads.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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BTW FYI

Most "Sago Palms" used in the US are not actually Palms but Cycads.
I hear they are very poisonous, too, so don't let the dog chew on them.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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I hear they are very poisonous, too, so don't let the dog chew on them.
Yes it will kill animals and small children if they ingest enough of the toxins in the plant.

However all of the poisonings I have heard about never ended in death just really sick pets. Never heard of a child getting poisoned. Mostly due to the fact that the toxin induces vomiting.
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