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Old February 8th, 2010, 11:05 PM
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Default What sort of palm is this?

I inherited this tree when I moved into the house from the previous tenants.
I was wondering how I should care for this palm. I've already re-potted it (6 months ago) as it needed a stick to be held upright. It is managing just fine to support it's own weight, some the leaves are brown and have been for quite some time (+9 months).

It does get plenty of sun, but how much sun is too much?

I don't water it all that often, only if the soil feels very dry.
We have had some very wet weather here over the past months (non stop rain for days on end) which is unusual.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

George
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Old February 13th, 2010, 07:49 PM
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Default King Palm.

This palm looks like a king palm. Skinnier trunk than usual. If I am wrong it could belong to the family of Dypsis. They have lots of palms that are similar to this palm tree here. Do you have other photos. Its hard to tell with the trunk bent that way trying to get some more sun I Suppose.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 07:56 PM
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Default Oh i forgot to give you tips on how to take care of the palm

Palms like well draining soil. So when it rains heavily keep an eye out to see if a puddle starts to gather, if not and the water drains quickly out through the bottom your good with the soil. When palms are container grown they will need feedings from the owner in this case it would be you. Naturally decomposing material would feed the palm but now it is restrained in a container. First I would feed the palm a good palm or ornamental fertilizer. A good ratio for a fertilizer is 13-3-13 or something along those lines. Usually you would feed a palm two to three times a year. Would you can do now is make sure that it does not get weather below 36 degrees F. If it does you need to bring it inside. Also feed the palm as soon as possible, browning of the leaves can be for many reasons but the most common is lack of nutrients. Overall the palm tree looks healthy. If you have other questions, I will be more than happy to answer them.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 02:54 AM
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Thanks LPN,

I'll get to the store and get some fertilizer and I'll keep you informed.
I know the soil in the pot is OK for drainage, as I put some broken bricks in the bottom of the pot when I replanted it.
I'll keep you posted, and thanks again.
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