Question: We live in Seattle, WA and have two European fan palms in containers on our deck. These palms have outgrown every pot we’ve been able to buy and they are now about 6’ tall and ready to be planted in the ground next to the deck where they’ve been living for the last couple of years. The palms have each produced a couple of extra trunks and plants. Can these be divided or should the whole potted plant be planted in the ground and not divided? My instinct is to just transplant them intact and not take a change on ruining these beautiful plants but my husband thought they might be dividable.
Answer: You can divide European Fan Palm if there is a way to do it without damaging the main trunk. If multiple trunks were developed a while a go, it might be difficult to separate them without severely damaging one of them. If you don’t want to risk it, just plant the whole palm. It is usually easier to separate offsets before they develop a trunk. Here is an article I wrote on transplanting palm tree from a container into the ground. ~Susan Brian
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