Palm Trees

Fine Brown Dust Covering Indoor Palm Stem

madhushri added on October 25, 2016 | Answered

I am rather concerned about my indoor palm. Firstly, it's not growing fresh leaves. I have also given it a good quality fertilizer according to instructions. I was supposed to fertilize every two weeks; I have done so within a gap of a month. That is, I have fertilized it twice now. Still, there is no new growth and some of it has totally withered and died out. It seems to be dying out gradually. I know that I am not over watering it because I always feel the soil before I water it. I have also put it in a bigger pot some 6 moths ago. I have even been loosening the soil whenever it has felt really tight around the plant and the water did not seem to be seeping through to the roots adequately. And now I see fine brown dust like coating on the stems!! I had two indoor palms before. One died out in a few weeks' time for reasons that I am unaware of. Someone told me to sun it because I showed concern about it to the person; it seemed to be a worse condition after that.

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Answered on October 25, 2016

You may be underwatering your palm. If the soil is often unable to absorb water right away, it may be getting too dry. Try watering more thoroughly each time you water, making sure water runs out through the holes on the bottom of the pot to ensure all the roots get water. Also check for any insects on the palm, such as these:

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