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Q.My 4 foot pony tail has a 2cm hole in side of base, & base is hollow inside. Anything I should do here before re potting?

Zone Numurkah, Victoria | Mel Grieveson added on July 21, 2018 | Answered

I have only recently acquired this plant and it seems not to have been treated properly.
It’s in a tallish narrow pot and I wish to transplant it in a rounded with more room than it currently has. Would bandaging the root ball assist it. The hole will get larger as
the bark around the hole is paper thin for another 2cm around the hole.

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Answered on July 23, 2018

This is almost always caused by a past fungal infection. If the plant is not showing any other signs of stress then there is not much to be done. Anything that you do attempt may actually harm the palm. They can tolerate being root bound, and actually prefer it. I believe that it will live longer if you leave it in the container that it is in. as removing will only increase the chance that it spreads faster.

As far as that bandage... If you can manage something that will let air flow through then it may prolong the spread, but I would recommend leaving it exposed, and avoiding getting water on that spot.

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