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Covering soil of Ponytail Palm

I've only seen this practice a few times in plants sold through the big-box stores. I believe they glue the gravel together so it doesn't fall out of the pot during shipping. The gravel is meant to ...
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Does my Sago Palm have root rot?

Agree with Jim Young's answer, point given, but would add these are referred to as coralloid roots, and are common on Sago palm, image below https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...
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What is the tall plant in these photos?

As you're in East Anglia, UK, the plant growing at the base of your banana is Fatsia japonica rather than anything more exotic. This is quite the strangest planting combination I've seen - banana ...
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My Areca Palm is dying

First thing to do is correct your watering regime - little and often is not a good idea, it's better to let the plant dry out slightly between waterings, and water thoroughly when you do water. If the ...
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How can you tell if a ponytail palm tree is dying?

The top part is dead and the most likely cause is overwatering. This plant is officially known as Beaucarnea recurvata and is a plant for high light and dry conditions. From the picture it looks ...
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Can you tell the age of a palm tree by its leaf scars?

This dendrochronologist says that some people extrapolate the age of palms from their leaf scars, and the time it takes to grow a leaf, but that the method is just a wild guess. But there is no other ...
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Kentia palm dying. Advice? :(

The big white stains on the leaves could be a few things powdery mildew: unlikely given the hard waxy coat on the leaves. Wipe it off with a damp soapy cloth dried salts from overhead watering in the ...
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What type of palm tree is this, including its scientific name?

It looks like Phoenix canariensis to me, which is, indeed, commonly known as Canary Island Date Palm, although it doesn't produce dates - the one that does is Phoenix dactylifera. It does produce ...
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What is the fruit of the Chinese windmill palm, and is it edible?

The fruit is usually not consumed, but is occasionally used for medical purposes in some countries - it has a haemostatic effect, meaning it clots blood, and may be used to make a solution for use as ...
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Does anyone know what type of palm tree is this?

It's a Japanese Sago Palm, Cycas revoluta. It looks to be in fine condition so I would not prune it at all if you can avoid that. You will not kill it by removing a leaf but you should only remove the ...
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Pineapple or Date Palm?

Pineapple palms typically refer to Phoenix canariensis and (typically) have a thick trimmed trunk with the overall appearance of a large pineapple. The Date fruit come from the Phoenix Dactylifera. ...
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What can I apply on Dypsis lutescens to deter a cat without killing the plant?

Cats don't like the smell of Pelargoniums, so adding a couple of pots of those around the base of the existing plants might help. Otherwise, try mothballs, but you need the old fashioned, napthalene ...
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How to straighten a leaning Ponytail Palm?

Plants grow towards the light. This one needs to be turned on a regular basis. Just a little nudge every week will do. You could repot it straighter but that will still leave the large stem leaning....
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What is this orange? pus growing on my Palm Tree?

When the female sago palm flowers, the 'flower', which looks nothing like the usual idea of a flower (they look more like orangy, ferny growths) is situated exactly where the orange fuzzy stuff is in ...
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Date palm not growing

is it a old desert say: "plant a date palm, so your sons will see the fruits from it"? So: it is a very very slow-growing plant. My experience on a green house is similar (and a green house ...
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What is this small white pest on the leaves of my office plant called?

That I believe is white fly. I would take that plant into the shower and turn cold water on it. I would then transplant into fresh potting soil maybe a bit larger pot. Spray with the correct ...
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What is this plant with rosette leaf arrangement that grew beside my palm?

I don't recognise it currently, but if there's any chance it's something you might want to keep, extract it carefully now, keeping the roots as intact as possible without damaging the roots of the ...
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How close to concrete can a windmill palm tree be planted?

From the point of view of retaining the integrity of any hard surfacing, as close as 3 feet should be fine. However, it would be better to make the distance more if you can because of the arching ...
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What type of palm tree is this, including its scientific name?

I am pretty sure that's a sable Palm which has a lot of AKAs such as cabbage Palm. Sabal palmetto is one scientific name and also like the common name has many taxonomic synonyms.
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What kind of palm/plant is this?

This is not a palm but a Yucca. The leaves are curled up a bit, I think it needs some water or it could also be a sign of overwatering (hard to tell from a picture, feel the soil with fingers).
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small brown bumps on majesty palm leaves

Those brown bumps are scale insects, and yes they can spread to other plants as well. You can try to wipe 'em off with a wet cloth, or you can use poison from the store. It is hard to get rid of them ...
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Is this lichen or some other fungus on my palm tree?

I looks like mostly moss with small bits of light green lichen. I doubt either will harm the tree.
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Help identifying white spots on an indoor palm?

This palm has a well established colony of mealy bug. Using a magnifying glass will show them better as they hide in a white powdery layer of wax. You can try controlling them with a mix of 5 ml of ...
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New plant came with a stowaway palm, how do I tease them apart?

Make sure the soil in the pot is good and wet - turn the whole plant and its rootball out and pull out the possible palm plus root - if its grown into the roots of the other plant, you will have to ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I use a battery and 12V reciprocating saw with a good Diablo DS0905FG5 blade from Home Depot and they cut like butter. If you don't like ladders, hire somebody!
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

I'm in precisely the same position with my tall palms over 30 years old. I'm not certain about telescopic pole chainsaws, given the potential for hazardous kickback at extended heights. I'm presently ...
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What is the best method/saw to cut through tough palm tree fronds with? (30-foot Queen Palms)

If you are going to completely cut down a larger palm tree, please be advised you will need probably 3 chainsaw blades because queen palms dull the blades very quickly (I have never seen this so fast ...
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Should I try to treat a Majesty palm tree with brown holes in the leaves?

Lowe's warranties their plants for one year from date of purchase. Go trade for another one. It's a gonner.
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Should I remove the tree roots coming from the neighbouring garden?

It is less known that palm roots can be of great use by humans. For example, a web site says: the root of the palm trees can be used to treat urinary tract infections and bladder problems. This is ...
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