Needle Palm Clump

Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady LakeSeptember 13, 2013

I have a Needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hysrix) that is starting to pup/clump. I read up on this palm before I got it, so I knew this would happen and I put it somewhere that it could be fairly free to do as it pleases. One thing I was never really clear about while reading about it is if the clumping happens from actual pupping, a la Sagos, or if it is due to birds and other carriers being unable to get to the seeds because of the needles and so the seeds drop to the base and sprout. While I have no problems with it forming a clump, as I look at the young 'pups' coming up, I find myself wondering if I can seperate them from the main palm and plant them elsewhere in the landscape, again a la Sagos?

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The pups are offshoots from the main plant. I have a couple that will set seed underneath. Seedlings start off as a single grass like blade, and stay that way for a few years. The pups start off much larger, and grow faster. Check out the Floridata page for needle palm, it shows a clump being divided.

Here is a link that might be useful: floridata

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 1:30PM
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I agree with Jfacendola, needle palms are clumpers! They usually start putting out pups long before they reach fruiting age and the pups grow much faster than seedlings do!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 11:14PM
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the_virginian(Zone 7 NoVA)

The survival rate for taking these pups off of Needle Palms is about 50/50 since some may not get enough roots taken with it when separated. I would suggest using Superthrive or another root stimulator regularly with every watering when doing this. Getting the root system going is the most important thing in separating these pups from the mother plant.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 11:29PM
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