So, if you want to move a sago palm (cycas revoluta), here is the process.
• Cut off all of the leaves. Yes, all of them. In the process of transplanting bare root they would all die, anyway.
• Keep as much of the roots as you can. You don't need the dirt, just knock that off.
What you end up with looks like the photo. Basically the stump, and probably a few *pups*, which themselves can be grown into plants. By the way, a plant like this can stay out of the ground for a long time, so you don't need to hurry. You do need to plant it in warm weather, and never, ever, when the soil is cold.
|Trimmed, pups removed|
Tomorrow, I will prepare the planting area with light potting soil (making sure to plant on a slope!) and gently ease the planting soil in around the roots. The idea is to make the plant think that it really hasn't moved at all. I will trim it down as neatly as I can, and remove the pups.
It's still warm here in the Phoenix, Arizona area, so there's no chance of root rot. It's probably too late in the season (it's September 27th) for it to push out a new flush this year, but it should be ready to grow by next summer!
|Beginning digging the planting hole|
Note the rocks. Not just there for decoration, they mark where my water and electrical lines are. Still, I dig cautiously, but it looks like I'm in the clear. OK, back to digging for me!