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I have a Rhapis excelsa with a root stem (or whatever it’s called) that’s roughly a foot long and growing sideways. Can I cut a few inches off of this offshoot stem? I know palms are generally root sensitive, but Rhapis is supposedly tolerant of being divided. This thing won’t fit in any of the empty pots I have, and an oversized pot for such a small palm would just encourage root rot (and look ridiculous).

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This root is nearly the same size as the palm.

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Pal Meir

Yes, you can cut most of the underground stem :greenthumb:; and later you can cut even much more: :evil:

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The Germinator

I cut this runner a few weeks ago and it seems to be ok. 

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realarch

These palms are almost impossible to kill, even when you make a concerted effort. Just leave a few secondary roots off the main runner and it should be fine. 

Tim

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cm05
5 hours ago, Pal Meir said:

Yes, you can cut most of the underground stem :greenthumb:; and later you can cut even much more: :evil:

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Looking at this diagram I feel like I should’ve gotten more aggressive, I only cut off 1/3rd of the stem, I should’ve chopped off 2/3rds and the palm would’ve been centered perfectly in the pot I selected. I’d really like to fix it, but I’ll probably wait until the weather gets warm.

Also, I planted the chopped stem just in case it wants to put out any offshoots, it looked like one may have been forming, I don’t know if it will but it can’t hurt to try.

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cm05
3 hours ago, The Germinator said:

I cut this runner a few weeks ago and it seems to be ok. 

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Wow, mine looks almost exactly like yours with its first palmate frond opening up.

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cm05
3 hours ago, realarch said:

These palms are almost impossible to kill, even when you make a concerted effort. Just leave a few secondary roots off the main runner and it should be fine. 

Tim

Thanks for the advice. It has quite a bit of secondary roots remaining and I applied some root hormone on the open wound so I’m hoping it’ll be fine.

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ruskinPalms

Hey all. I am trying to grow a little offshoot that I cut off this clump. Did I get enough of the root system for it to live?

 

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30 minutes ago, ruskinPalms said:

Hey all. I am trying to grow a little offshoot that I cut off this clump. Did I get enough of the root system for it to live?

Most likely.  I had one come back up from nothing but a little white nub at the bottom.

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ruskinPalms

Thanks for the reply. I actually like these even though I’ve heard a lot of people complain about them for spreading too much and not doing well in the sun. The one I have seems to not mind the sun too much and it really isn’t that fast compared to a lot of the palms I have so it is pretty easy to cut down offshoots that spread to unwanted places. Also, no thorns and the old dead fronds self clean pretty good. I would like to get this one established in the pot for awhile then plant in an area of my yard in need of some fan palms. I’ve probably planted too many pinnate palms in my yard…

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