How To Transplant Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is a type of a palm bush plant that grows mostly in the state of Florida. It is considered to be a small plant as it can only reach up to 5 feet in length and size. Saw palmetto is usually seen beneath the trees near oceans and seas because of its high tolerance for salty water. This plant grows rather slowly when compared to others but is very low-key as it requires little attention to none.

Are you interested to transplant a saw palmetto plant in your garden? If so, then read on to find out how.

  • Plant conditions. Saw palmetto, given its sturdy quality, makes transplanting it difficult. That is why it is important to inspect its condition first. Look for a plant that is barely a year old and if possible, one that is not over 2 feet tall. Meeting these requirements will make transplanting easy not only for you but for the plant as well.
  • Best time to plant. Plants suffer from shock when relocated and made to adapt to new surroundings. To soften the blow, pick a perfect time to transplant them so as to not cause them any more stress. For your saw palmetto, an ideal time will be during the spring season as this gives it time to settle in its new home without the harsh rays of the summer sun or the chilly frost of winter time.
  • Preparing new location. In transplanting, it is best to prepare the new area beforehand. This is another way to lessen shock. Keep in mind also to pick a plant-free spot that although abundant in sunlight still offers some shade. Drainage is important too. Have the new area ready by digging a hole slightly bigger than the plant. Mix the soil that you have removed with compost and set aside. Fill hole with compost as well and water until the ground is soft and well-hydrated.
  • Removing the plant. Once done, carefully remove the saw palmetto plant from its old home by use of a garden spade. Start by making a radius around the plant and pushing the spade in. Be careful not to push too much or you might damage its roots. Continue to dig until the plant begins to budge. Once it does, continue digging until the root crown completely dislodges. Transfer plant immediately to its new location and leave any soil that may have clung to its roots alone.
  • Transplanting. Begin replanting by putting the saw palmetto plant inside the hole. Fill hole back with the soil-and-compost mixture. Water when half has already been filled and press soil firmly to remove it from any air pockets. Resume filling once water drains. Once done, make a saucer-like ring around the plant to help the plant catch water later on.
  • Maintenance. Once finished, take care of the newly-transplanted saw palmetto by keeping it away from direct sunlight. Continue to do until plant begins to get used to its new place. Put fertilizer during the first few weeks as well to nourish it further.

And there you have it, simple techniques that you can try out to successfully transplant a saw palmetto plant!  Have fun and good luck!


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