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Old February 12th, 2011, 07:27 PM
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Old February 14th, 2011, 11:32 AM
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Question palm tree question

I have a couple of areca palm trees which are turning yellow colored. I have had them for well over three years and have never had a problem before. Is there a specific kind of fertilizer that I would need to use to bring them back green? How many times am I supposed to fertilize the palm tree. The palm also has some yellowing spots are these from the sun or lack thereof?
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Old February 15th, 2011, 01:56 PM
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Default It could be the sun or fertilizer.

If you have them in the sun they can take awhile to adapt.

The amount of fertilizer that is needed depends on what you are giving them. For example, an organic fertilizer needs to be applied every month or so, compared to a manufactured fertilizer that only needs to be applied every 3 to 4 months.

Water could also be responsible, or the unusual cold we have been having. Who knows really, just watch them and try to monitor all possibilities.

I live in So Cal myself and have lost more trees in the last 2 months than in all the past years combined!
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Red face I noticed some of my palms also were turning yellowing

I noticed the gardener doing his job and taking care of the garden and so forth but he didnt care to much that our palm trees were looking yellow. I asked him why its yellowing and to fix it really, he said "he needs more money" ... so I let him go, not because of the money but because he was letting everything turn yellow and he appeared as he was under the influence of something and I didnt want my children coming home to see that.

I looked up remedies and some people said to use epsom salt, and thats what I did, and a couple of days later they were greening up. Don't put too much of epsom salt because it will kill small plants, as I was the recipient of, but my large palms are beautiful now. As to the yellow spots I have no idea what those are and it has been chilly lately so maybe thats why the spots are there.
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Old February 17th, 2011, 12:48 PM
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Thumbs up Thats terrible about your gardener Hotel California...

So the epsom salt worked for you, I have some under my bathroom counter. I normally use it to ease the muscle pain after a long aerobics workout. I did remember reading about a plant or grass application on the bag....

Actually yeah, there it is it says that its great for lawns. hmm.. so I guess I am going to apply a little to the area around the trunk. Or should I dilute it in water and then water it in?

Would salt be considered organic fertilizer? I would assume so since salts been around since the beginning of time. The weather could have something to do with it as well because it has been colder this year than usual.
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Default I like using the same fertilizer I use for grass on my palms

I have used all kinds of different fertilizers on the palms I have outside my home and my wife uses it for her ornamentals too. A palm tree is just a big piece of grass anyways, I think they are from the same genus or species of grass. Whats an interesting thought is what someone would see if they were looking at planet earth. Trees, palms, plants would all look like grass and grass would look like centralized bacteria. The spots that are on your palms could be sun spots or cold damage either way just apply some liquid copper fungicide to keep them from getting hurt. We put fungicide on two times a year to prevent anything in garden or landscape to develop bugs, infestation, or bacteria growth.
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Arrow Diluting the epsom salt would probably be better than applying it directly

Maybe had I diluted the salt into water I wouldn't have killed some of the small plants... Yes the bag will say great for lawn etc, but it only talks about lawns and not about plants so just use good judgment. Use a little bit at a time and see if there is a difference.

I have a new gardener actually she is a gardeness I guess. She does a great job even gets on one of those big lawn mowers to cut the grass and everything. I can tell that she takes more pride in her work that she does around the house. Hopefully it lasts.

Silicon Valley, I dont know what world you live on, but it sounds interesting! There was a good Swedish Movie I saw that had the same thought process that you were talking about. Its called Mr.Nobody, very good flick and I believe it came out last year. You should rent it, it won some awards from the different film festivals.
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Lightbulb Thank you Hotel California!

thank you for the advice on making my palms green, I was going to take before and after pictures but it got to late today, but will do it tomorrow. I just got a new camera and I like taking nature photos. Yes, Silicon Valley very interesting the way you look at life. I see where you are coming from and Hotel California, I have added the movie to my netflix so after a couple of other movies that one will come in.
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Lightbulb I dont like ordinary thinking

If we were all ordinary than we wouldn't have any advancing in different areas. Thinking outside the box is what keeps America moving into the future. Soon we are going to have commercial flights through space and voyages to the moon.

Now I came across some good stuff that I used for some indoor house plants, its called superthrive. The bottle looks very wamm bamm, but it did work for some alocasias. If you want your plants, palms, or anything green, then try superthive.

I never have heard of the movie, but after googling it and reading the summary, it looks like something I would be delightfully interested in. Thank you.
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Red face Silicon Valley,

They have that already with a company called virgin galactic, they are making planes that hit the stratosphere and then come down. I read an article a couple months ago and they said that transatlatic flights will only be a couple hours long. After they do that Im pretty sure they will make visits to the moon because of NASA being disaasembled and privatized. It's almost a free for all for everyone that has millions to spend on getting to the moon.
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I live in LA everyday is a movie for me. But I have a couple of beaked yucca in my home, it looks like they are dying what can I do to prevent this? If you donít know what beaked yucca are look them up I really need help. It wouldnít be such a big issues to purchase another one; it was something my mothers gave to me before she past away... Before moving to LA I was living in Florida didnít have a problem at all there. Also if you live here in LA I would purchase coconut palms great look for your home.
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Hi i live in Upland CA, about 20 min away from MT. Baldy and I have a pygmy date palm that has been kept in doors in a pot, but now its bursting out of the pot and looks like its ready to go out side, can someone tell be the best way to switch it from the pot to the ground, or do I have to do something to get it used to the outdoors?
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Just make sure to water it continually and dig the hole bigger than the root ball then fill it back in... the roots will be able to grow through shoveled soil much easier than compacted. Fertilize as well
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I tried to start a new thread and not piggyback but it wouldn't let me. I need help with an ID. I live in Lincoln (Northern) California, and this palm existed when I purchased the home. Thanks in advance for any help you and provide.
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Hi. I am posting my question here because the relevant forum has been unattended for a while and preadtor-advertisers have added the most recent messages...

In the San Fernando Valley (northwest LA County) we planted two canary date palms three years ago and they do not appear to have grown. They get water twice a week, are getting full sun exposure and are minimally pruned when the fronds bend so far that they touch the ground. The "pineapple" trunk is about three feet high, the fronds reach 10 feet high and the leafspan is about 12 feet.

When can I expect these trees to grow and at what rate? Is there anything I can do to spurt trunk growth? How do I confirm that these are Canary Island palms and not similar-looking palms which do not grow and remain "bushes" at ground level? THANKS!
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They grow slow, unfortunately there is not much more to be said. That's why only a 20 foot tree sells for $20,000. You can try to fertilize them every 2-3 months and make sure they have plenty of water, but other than that all you can so is wait.

If you would like to send me over a pic of what you have I will gladly verify, but I'm pretty sure you have what you think you have.

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I live in Northern Cali (Stockton) and I have a palm that grows sometimes and sometes it don't. Some days it will be green and a few weeks later the leaves will be yellow. Is it the weather or should I use the fungicide?
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That looks like a Mexican Fan Palm (washingtonia robusta) but it's possible it could be its cousin the California Fan Palm (washingtonia filifera) or...it could be the incestuous offspring of those two: the Filabusta, a hybrid of the two. But it's definitely one of those three, most likely the first.

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I recently transplanted a tree that was growing up against the house and the sidewalk. When we dug it out we tried to do as little damage as possible but since it was against the sidewalk it was difficult. Right away all the fronds on the right side dropped while the left were ok. Now all have dropped and are brown. No new growth yet. Im guessing transplant shock but I might have killed it. Any advice please. Thank you.
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Talking Are you watering it

one time i had a bismarck palm that happened to be the same thing that you did to that palm but it was hard for me to get it to become alive again. I just watered it and cut off the brown branches and fertilized it. Before I knew it it was green.
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