Palm Trees

Bent over top of indoor palm

Zone Ohio | Susankay added on March 1, 2014 | Answered

I have had an indoor palm for 25 years, and the top has bent over. About two feet of the tree is bent over and weak. What can I do to help it? I have moved it for more light and fertilized. It was repotted about a year ago.  The top looks healthy except the fronds are small.  I have tried bracing the top and now the lower fronds have bent where they meet the trunk of the tree. It's looking very sad.

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Answered on March 4, 2014

Does the top look "frazzled"? I suspect that your plant may be suffering from a condition called frizzle top. It is cause by a manganese deficiency. Here is more information:

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