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Old January 14th, 2011, 05:35 PM
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Default Please Help Assess King Palm Damage!

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Well looks like I am back desperately asking for help again! I bought some palms recently and they arent doing so well (see pictures- all are of the king palms except the last one is the chinest windmill palm) What kind of damage is this?

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I bought 2 king palms (15gal), a chinese windmill palm (5 gal), and a blue fan palm (15gal) and after a few weeks they don't seem to be doing too well. They are still in their pots, I live in southern california (lately its been 35-40 degrees at night, 60-80 degrees during the day) They are next to the house and get 2-3 hours of midmorning sun per day, the rest of the time they are in the shade. It rained real good a week or so ago so I didnt water them. But when it finished raining i waited 4 days, then watered them well. Based on how the fronds look I really cant tell if it is not enough water, too much (root rot) or some kind of disease. Some fronds have about 1 inch of the tip damaged (goes from grey to black to yellow to green). Other fronds look almost as if something ate them (I think they just died and crumbled though). And some fronds the tips look brown and split. All the damage is to the outer most lower branches, the tallest ones and the new growth in the center of the plants still look very green. It worries me though because the damage has been getting worse. I dont want to lose the plants!
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Old January 18th, 2011, 11:17 AM
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Default It looks like some recieved some cold freeze

and the palmate one needs more nutrition or at at least some extra nitrogen, grass fertilizer will work for the palmate one or some epsom salt diluted in some water.

Another thing that could possibly be the problem would be since they are new plants, I am assuming just bought and relocated, then they are acclimating to their new environment which is normal.

Also the palms could have been receiving 12 hours of sunlight and now by moving them they are now receiving 2 to 3 hours, thats a drastic change, but normally palms adapt.

Also the place that you bought it from, you should have asked or make a call, and find out their watering schedule, what times and how much water do their palms get in a day or week.

You arnt going to lose the plants if you feed it good fertilizer and just keep them in sunlight.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:06 PM
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Default Hey I live in Cali and sometimes my palms end up like that as well

I wouldn't worry about it, just keep watering it and let it dry out between waterings and you'll be fine. Also use good fertilizer, you get what you pay for, the only fertilizer I use is Lesco, without a doubt all my stuff stays green like in magazines, and my gardener takes the credit, but whatever. California even So Cal has gotten a little cold at night this year, unusually cold, but Cali is still a great place to grow palms.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 08:42 PM
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Thanks for the replies. Yeah the damage has seemed to subside so hopefully it was just frost/new environment damage. I trimmed away the damaged tips and the trees still look pretty good.

I have Vigoro 8-4-8 palm fertilizer so Ill try adding some of that to the pots and see if it helps out as well.
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Old January 24th, 2011, 05:05 PM
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Default Yeah like california said...

Dont worry about it... transitions are hard for people and just as hard for plants.. and yes the soil should be dry before watering again, only real tropical jungle like palms should be watered everyday so the soil stays moist. For example the lipstick is one that does extremely well with moist soil but if you spray any arrid type palms or plants then the roots will rot and develop fungus'.

Some guy on another forum posted that he put insect killer on his palms and that there browning, be careful not to do that as well, test out an area before spraying something down.
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