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Old July 25th, 2009, 05:03 PM
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Default Indoor palms dying, and I'm devestated...

I'm desperately hoping someone can help with an indoor palm problem - the larger of the two is very special to me as it was given to my mother as she was dying of cancer back in 2003.

It's basically two seperate types of indoor palms. One is a group of four in a planter (I have no idea the type, this is the one that was given to my mother), the other is one of those small sets of east asian bamboo palms that they sell in little planters at shopping mall stores all over - the type that sell asian trinkets.

I've taken photos and put them up so you can see everything clearly:
Plant Problems - a set on Flickr

It started during the end of spring, the large set started getting a brown spot on the leaves here and there, or sometimes the edges turning brown, or other times just like a layer of the leaf was disappearing in a small spot and you could almost see through it, and in some cases leaving a trail like the leaf was tearing. All end up the same result - the leaf eventually starts turning yellow and then dies.

I thought it may be from the air conditioning vent blowing cold air to it, so I moved it away from it over by the small bamboo plant I mentioned. But then it started happening to that plant as well, which lead me to believe it was something else. Also, some of the stalk (don't know what to call it) of one of the large plants started getting darker as you can see by the picture as well. I thought that may be root rot, but then when the whole thing jumped to bamboo palm I had my doubts.

I'm noticing white spots every so often on a couple leaves, but like its part of the leaf - nothing like a bug or anything that I can see, but then I'm no expert.

Can anybody tell what it is and how to treat it from the description and the photos? I'll be devestated if the larger grouping dies. I tried moving it to a northerly facing window (what you see in the picture) even hoping that would help.


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