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Q.Mexican fan palm care.

Zone Cathedral city ca | Anonymous added on July 16, 2019 | Answered

My fan palm is turning yellow in lower fronds. Is that normal?

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Answered on July 17, 2019

Yes, it's normal for the lower fronds to yellow and then dry to brown as the palm puts out newer growth at the top.

As the lower dead fronds develop in numbers and form a dry heavy "skirt", you can choose to let them stay for a natural look, like the native California fan palms in Palm Canyon up the road from you in Palm Springs. Or you can prune them off or have a tree service do it, for a cleaner look.

If you think the yellowing is excessive, and it involves the fronds midway up into the foliar crown it could be due to a nutritional deficiency. Using a palm fertilizer and at least once or twice a month deep watering is a good idea.


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