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Successfully Transplanting Volunteer Dwarf Sabal Minor

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Cosmo

So I came across some volunteer Dwarf SM. They range anywhere from one/2 strap leaves to three very small fronds. I know those of any size are nearly impossible to transplant because of the subterranean trunk but what about the juvenile ones. Any consensus of size limit before it's better to just leave them where they are.

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NorthFlpalmguy

The S. minors I grow from seed aren't too hard to transplant while stepping up in pots. The problem with S. minors is from a really young age they grow a deep initial root. I'd say it's worth a shot with at least the 1-2 strap seedlings.

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Scot from SC

I transplant my one and two leaf volunteers. The trick even with young ones is to go deep. I take a shovel even though to a lot of people that would seem too much. I dig the small ones up in a shovel full of dirt. The excess dirt usually falls away and the root stays intact. Good luck.

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Cosmo

So if the nursery owner will take ten bucks and let me dig up the volunteers popping up all around his containers it would be worth my time and effort? These survivors have got to have some tuff genetics. The containers are set on compacted caliche road base and are thriving. I'm curious if the trunk went horizontal more so than vertical since any excess moisture would be under the container. I'm really more interested in those that are growing in stuff that doesn't even qualify as soil.

Plan 2 is to go up in another month or so and stuff my pockets with the seed when it gets ripe. Tons of seed stalks on these things.

Plan 3 is to buy a container with some of the seedlings in them.

Since they aren't growing in the wild it won't do any damage to the natural habitat so it comes down giving the nursery owner the opportunity to say no and nothing ventured nothing gained.

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The7thLegend

I agree they aren't hard to transplant as a 1-2 strap leaf seedling. I plucked and potted several that are doing well.

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DreaminAboutPalms

I just went and dug up five tiny strap leaf seedlings, ones maybe 6 inches tall. I dug up like a cubic foot around them so I didn't damage the roots. I have them potted in deep pots now. Any tips?

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teddytn
1 hour ago, DreaminAboutPalms said:

I just went and dug up five tiny strap leaf seedlings, ones maybe 6 inches tall. I dug up like a cubic foot around them so I didn't damage the roots. I have them potted in deep pots now. Any tips?

Well draining mix, water, heat and patience 

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Joe NC
On 7/26/2015 at 9:45 PM, Cosmo said:

I know those of any size are nearly impossible to transplant

I have had pretty good luck transplanting Sabal minor of various sizes.  I am not sure why they have this reputation.  However, I think the key is not damaging the underground "trunk".  Any I had damaged the "trunk" on, did not survive.  I have even dug up a lager palmate minor (was a nightmare to get deep enough) and got hardly any roots.  It survived, but lost many fronds and didn't grow at all for a couple of years. 

I think the "sweet spot" for transplanting them, is when they have bifid strap leaves.  The "trunk" underground is not terribly deep yet, and is the diameter of a golf ball to an orange.  They might sulk for a year, but they will survive.  I have had a couple completely defoliate, but then start growing a couple years later.  After I completely forgot I had transplanted a sabal there, and assumed it was dead. 

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DreaminAboutPalms
On 7/4/2021 at 8:35 PM, teddytn said:

Well draining mix, water, heat and patience 

Success! 3 months later and all are now showing new spears. Even the unhealthy one

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teddytn

@DreaminAboutPalms that’s awesome! Most people say it can’t be done, but as long as the roots aren’t damaged it can be done. Happy for ya!

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