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Transplanting S. palmetto seedlings

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These two seedlings appeared at the base of my Sabal palmetto. I realize that they're slow growers but I like the look of young sabals, especially when grown in a little shade, (and the price is right) so I'd like to move them. Two questions:

Do they look to you like S. palmetto seedlings (and not another species delivered by birds)?

What's the best method and timing for moving them?

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D. Morrowii

Those do look like Sabal palmetto. I’d water them down and take a nice deep shovel full of dirt at least 10-12” down. Then loosen thd dirt and try to keep the entire root intact. The seed might still be attached or near the root for a positive ID.

Transfer them to a 4” or maybe 1 gal pot with potting soil to grow them up a bit before transplanting them to where you want them.

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Allen

I just had a bunch of sabal minor come up in my yard and with one 3 inch strap leaf the root was 6" deep

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DreaminAboutPalms

I dug up about 4 that size from a parking lot 6 weeks ago. Dig a big hole at least a foot deep because there roots are very deep, then wash away the dirt and replant in a deep container. 

They will probably experience some form of transplant shock, just keep watering them and keep them in partial shade. 

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SeanK

I've transplanted a bunch of small minors (that size) w/o problems. If the seed is still there, even better.

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DreaminAboutPalms

I dug these Sabals up from a parking lot on July 4th and placed both in a community one gallon pot and they are just now starting to grow again. I actually sprinkled some slow release fertilizer in the pot a week and a half ago too. In the first pic that new spear has gained about an inch since transplanting and in second pic that little spear in middle is brand new 

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