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Q.I Grew A Queen Palm From Seed, It’s 1 Year Old And Only Has A Single Frond That Won’t Open. It’s Indoors Only.

Zone 91739 | Anonymous added on August 18, 2022 | Answered

Just as the title says, we germinated a queen palm from seed last year. We had collect several and only this one survived. It’s been growing since last year, and is a single frond, which seems like it wants to open, but doesn’t ever. It’s only about an inch and a half tall (including the trunk), it’s in very well draining soil, as well as in a terracotta pot, under a grow light. It’s kept warm, and I water when the soil is completely dry. (I can provide pictures as needed), the single front and trunk are both a healthy green, but I just don’t know what it would take to get the frond to open. There are no other leaves. Am I not watering enough? The soil is allowed to dry out between waterings. Is it too young to receive fertilizer? I know that it requires alkaline soil – would coffee grounds assist with this, or is there a small scale nutrient I can offer it, that wouldn’t burn its roots? It’s a seedling, and just now growing, but it’s not dying either. What would your recommendations be? We would prefer to keep this baby indoors, as that is why we grew it to begin with. It is kept around 75°F throughout the day, indoors here, but the grow light keeps it warm, also. Any help would suffice. Thank you so much.

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Answered on August 29, 2022

I think it looks fine but you can give it some palm tree fertilizer (less than the package says) and I would add more warmth and see if that helps. I think your watering is fine. It doesn't need coffee grounds.


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