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Monday - September 10, 2012

From: Fresno, CA
Region: California
Topic: Non-Natives, Pruning, Poisonous Plants, Trees
Title: Trimming non-native sago from Fresno CA
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

I have a sago plant, fronds are hanging over into street, can the fronds themselves be trimmed back without removing the whole frond?

ANSWER:

Please read this previous Mr. Smarty Plants answer on pruning the non-native Sago palm.

 

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