Q.Indoor Palm Tree Has Crispy Folded In Leaves -what’s The Problem And How Can I Solve It?
I recently got a palm tree which naturally grew outside and planted it into a pot. I’ve been watering Charlie (palm’s name) ever since regularily in order to keep the soil moist/wet. However, some leaves started to fold in and they feel crispy (when I gently try to bend them, I am afraid I could break them off). Do I need to give Charlie addotional nutrients? (It’s in a pot for one weeks now) Thank you very much for your advice!
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Unfortunately, transplanting (which is very hard on any palm, and especially Parlor palms such as this) combined with overwatering is getting the best of the small shrub.
When roots are disturbed, they can no longer take up water, temporarily. During recovery, watering should be done, only, when the soil is COMPLETELY DRY down to about 2 or 3 inches. This will keep anything unintentional from growing and killing off your recovering tree.
Next time that you water, mix in 1 part peroxide to 3 parts water. This should be after the soil has dried down to a sufficient depth.
This will prevent and kill anything that shouldn't be there.
Keep the palm out of the sun. They need partial shade to deep shade to be happy, though a hardened off specimen may survive more sun than that.
Feed very occasionally with a half strength liquid all purpose feed. Just once or twice per year is plenty, but up to once per month is acceptable.
Here is an article that will help you to care for these palms: