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Q.Fairly new growth on my Med palm is stunted.

Zone Las Vegas, Nevada | Anonymous added on May 3, 2020 | Answered

The palm has been planted about 10 yrs. The stunted growth was covered up by the seed type shoots that I recently cut off that grow in the spring. It is watered once a week for 30 minutes but I can’t say how much actual water in gallons it gets. It was planted in a well by the landscapers. There is drip irrigation inside and outside the well. Outside, there are at least three drippers about three feet or so away from the trunks. The drippers are the adjustable kind. Looking closely at the new growth, it almost looks like the newest growth may be OK, but the growth right before it is stunted. It has not been fertilized as of yet this spring. I do not want to lose this palm. What am I doing wrong? Whatever it is, I sure messed up my poor palm. Appreciate any help you can give me.

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Answered on May 5, 2020

Have you had your soil tested? Our experts say that "excessively alkaline soil should be amended with sulfur. The area should have organic nutrients over a large area since palm tree roots will spread and should have access to these nutrients many feet from the trunk."

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