Questions tagged [palm]

Family Arecaeae, monocot flowering plants known for their tropical habit. Use this tag with questions about caring, propagating or identifying plams.

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What are these hard white/brown spots growing on my houseplant?

A little more then an year ago I got six palm trees (two vases). It was the Californian equivalent of an Areca palm (the guy in the nursery suggested this one after I asked for an Areca for its air ...
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Should I remove the tree roots coming from the neighbouring garden?

When I was digging out* a patch to grow veggies earlier in the spring I found big roots in the soil unconnected to anything in our garden. It looks like they're coming from some kind of palm trees ...
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Does my Sago Palm have root rot?

My Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta) has weird-looking clumps in its roots. Is it a Phytophthora root rot infection? If not, what is it?
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Is there any cure or treatment for a queen palm tree diagnosed with fusarium decline?

A "certified arborist" looked at the tree (>20ft high) and determined that this was the cause. Some of the fronds in the tree seem frozen in place, while most have actually drooped down completely (...
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Can you tell the age of a palm tree by its leaf scars?

On a recent "field trip" I noticed the prominent rings that palm trees have where leaves were attached. Can you tell how old it is from these?
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My Areca Palm is dying

I bought a 5ft areca palm about a month ago. About two weeks after I purchased it, I noticed some leaves had spots and others were turning brown. Initially I thought it was normal but more leaves seem ...
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Covering soil of Ponytail Palm

I recently acquired a ponytail palm, which is alive, though it wasn't taken care of well prior to my acquisition. One thing I noticed is that the pot was covered in rocks, that appear to be fused ...
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Pineapple or Date Palm?

I'm getting conflicting identification from various people. Does anybody know what the difference between a Pineapple and Date Palm is? Here are some palms that I have seen in my neighborhood each of ...
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Kentia palm dying. Advice? :(

I bought a kentia palm some months ago, and during the last week one stem/group of steams is turning out yellow. Also there are some big white stains on the leaves. Some leaves also have small white ...
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Kentia Palm problem

My leave and stalk of my Kentia Palm has few problem Please help !
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I have a pole saw with a typical pruning saw blade and it works great on fresh green palm fronds (which I really shouldn't be cutting, but I don't want them touching my roof line) but the ones that I ...
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When does a queen palm need trimming?

Recently moved into a new house which has a couple of Queen Palms and have never had to take care of palms before. Questions: Do these palms need trimming? If so, how much trimming do they need and do ...
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What is the fruit of the Chinese windmill palm, and is it edible?

We have two large Chinese windmill palm trees in our front garden here in Essex, England. They're around 15 feet tall, and absolutely beautiful. They have a large amount of fruit near the top, small ...
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What kind of palm tree is this and how do I care for it?

I bought a new house and have this palm tree in the front yard. No one lived in the house for over two years so it's been neglected but still looks healthy. What's the best way to clean it up and have ...
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Areca Palm pest identification

An areca palm I own has an insect infestation that I've had trouble identifying. I've been unable to locate any non-egg mature examples, only the eggs that tend to be in nooks around the plant, ...
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What type of palm tree is this, including its scientific name?

I'm not sure what type of palm tree this is. This is taken in Arizona. I think it is a canary island date palm.
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How to straighten a leaning Ponytail Palm?

My Ponytail Palm spends the warmer months outdoors and grew substantially this year. Unfortunately it is also growing very much to the side now, presumably because it was trying to find sunlight. I’m ...
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What to do with this palm tree?

This palm tree has been grown in my parents' yard for more than a decade (perhaps two). I'm not sure of its identification. It has grown a lot (perhaps too much, for the surrounding space), and, ...
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Date palm just growing in height but not getting a trunk

I've been growing a date palm for about eight years now (time goes by fast...) and it works out pretty well. If I hold it up, the largest branch/leaf is about 2m (~6 feet) in height and it grows in ...
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How do I stop palm trees from sprouting from the side?

My 6-7 year-old outdoor date palm trees are growing side-sprouts, resulting in multiple trunks. How do I prevent this from happening?
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What is this plant with long narrow leaflets?

I bought a plant a few weeks ago and I don't know its name. I'm not quite sure how to take care of it. Can you help me out?
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Why is my Majesty palm getting dried out, when the soil is moist and I'm misting the foliage daily?

I recently repotted my Majesty palm and pruned the fronds that were damaged in the past. It all looked really nice and fresh, and I've been misting it every morning. However, I lately realized that ...
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What palm tree is this?

Looks to be single trunk, self cleaning. The trunk is spotted/mottled and furry. The fronds have jagged leaves. It's not a fishtail, foxtail, rhapis or a kentia(similar)... I am unsure as to the type. ...
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Should I try to treat a Majesty palm tree with brown holes in the leaves?

I purchased a Majesty palm tree, but didn't realize till after I repotted it, that it had lots of brown holes in some of the leaves. Should I prune the damaged leaves or should I just return the ...
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What disease is affecting my Dypsis lutescens?

I received this Dypsis lutescens (palm) plant as a gift last spring, it had only two leaves and it was potted in nursery soil with sand. Recently I have noticed that the outer leaf started to form a ...
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How can you tell if a ponytail palm tree is dying?

I'm worried my ponytail palm is dying because its leaves are falling off and there's black stuff on the top. Can you tell me if and how I can save this plant?
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Black spots on areca palm stem

I have black spots all over the stems of my Areca palm. I did have fungus in the soil, but I changed the soil and now everything seems good there. Can this come from the fungus that I had?
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What is this plant with rosette leaf arrangement that grew beside my palm?

What is the name of this plant with small leaves? Is it bad for my palm? Should I keep it or remove it? Or can I replant it into another pot?
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What is this small white pest on the leaves of my office plant called?

I'm an office worker in IT and have just enough knowledge of flora to know that these office plants are probably not healthy, but I have no clue what this is or what should be done with it. I would ...
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What is this growing on my bamboo palm?

I'm just hoping for clarification on what the green shoots are coming out on the lower stalks of my bamboo palm houseplant. The upper part of the plant did not care for the trip home from IKEA and ...
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Indoor Cat Palm Browning/Yellowing

I got my first indoor cat palm about 3 months ago. At first it seemed to be doing ok, but it started rapidly browning at the tips, and then entire leaves would yellow. There was another very helpful ...
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Palm plant wilting/drooping (pics added)

UPDATE: Found some white dots that are extremely tiny. Not sure if they are scale or mineral deposit from water. The palm plant has also closed all of its leaves. My palm plant was doing great and ...
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Areca Palm's leaves are drying. What should I do?

I bought a small areca palm 3 months ago. I noticed some leaves are drying out and dying. The others is drying as well. My palm is indoors in the apartment's lobby. The temperature inside is around ...
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What is happening to my Areca Palm?

What is happening to my Areca Palm? Here are two pictures. The right one is of my Areca Palm before I bought it from the shop and the left image is how it looks now. After I brought it to my home it ...
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Palm tree droppings, sap and seeds

Our condo complex has three very large Mexican Fan Palms that are dripping sap and shedding seeds that are very sticky. Our parking lot is coated in these seeds, they get tracked in and stick to ...
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Why is my palm tree dying?

Why is my palm tree dying? I have used a special palm tree fertilizer and it didn't help it at all. The tree was already looking like this just not as bad before I used the fertilizer. I actually ...
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What is the tall plant in these photos?

I've just moved house and in our back garden is a fairly large palm tree (pictures), the problem is that I'm not sure what it is and therefore don't know how to look after it and make sure it makes it ...
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Which of these palms would be easier to take care of in an indoor 9" pot?

I'm looking to buy a new palm to keep indoors in a 9-10 pot. I've narrowed my selection down to two palms, I'm wondering which would be easier to take care of between the 2 plants: Cateracterum ...
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Should I leave an indoor areca palm in dense, thick soil, or change it to regular potting soil?

I am repotting my houseplants. When I took an areca palm out of the pot, I noticed that its roots are planted in what looks like loam. I can't identify it well, but it is very different from the ...
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Is it normal for palm trees to drip a brown gummy sap?

Our apartment in Tenerife has palm trees surrounding it and these trees are continuously dripping a brown gummy substance, we presume from their leaves, onto our tiled floor. We are informed that ...
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Is this lichen or some other fungus on my palm tree?

I was pulling weeds and noticed the trunk of this palm tree in my backyard has a lot of moss on it. A google search described lichen but I’m not sure it looks the same as what the images of lichen on ...
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How close to concrete can a windmill palm tree be planted?

I am considering adding several Windmill Palms to our pool area. However, we have a very small back yard and minimal spacing within which to place these trees. I know that palm roots are not woody ...
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Giving my palm tree a second life

I didn't water at all my palm tree (bought at Homebase) for a couple weeks, and before that I neglected it. See it below. What should I do to make it look healthy again? Should I put in outside or ...
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How can I propagate Phoenix canariensis with vegetative offshoots?

My neighbour has some Phoenix canariensis in his garden. And, despite reading many times that this plant does not do that, some of them have produced vegetative offshoots from basal portions of their ...
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Some True Date Palm Questions

I had the following date palm just installed and I have a few questions I'd love to get some expert options on: It came tied up as I expected and the place that sold me it said I should leave it tied ...
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Areca Palm - Expert Assesment Please

Earlier this afternoon I took delivery of a 170cm Areca Palm, via an online purchase from a reputable horitcultural company. It was relieved to be taken out of the box and plastic wrapper and ...
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Fungus and splitting or rotting on palm trees

There's some fungus growing on my palm trees as well as some splitting / rot. What is going on and how do I resolve this? I am in central Florida.
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Kentia palm leaves turn brown

I have bought a 7 foot Kenia Palm about 6 weeks ago and keep it indoors in spot with indirect light. The palm gets 1/2 gallon of water once a week and I added half a tablespoon of 20-20-20 all ...
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Should I trim the fronds on a Queen palm?

The fronds are very sturdy and bend almost to the ground. They are probably over 10ft. in length. Should I trim them? Their weight sometimes causes them to "crack" off.
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Are these seedlings Mazari palm or Agave neomexicana?

A couple of weeks ago I have planted seeds for both Nannorrhops ritchiana (Mazari palm) and Agave neomexicana. Unfortunately, I forgot to put proper labels on back then. I am now seeing two sprouts (...