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Q.Need Help Identifying Concerns With Recently Purchased Fox Tail Palm

Zone 71457 | mlmartin0405 added on March 22, 2022 | Answered

Hi- I’m not sure what this is on my new palm but I’m sure it’s not supposed to be there. Lol This is my first time purchasing a foxtail palm.

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Answered on March 23, 2022

This, very much, looks like a Pestalotiopsis infection. There are many species, and they are all pretty devestating. ( I, actually, have a culture of Pestalotiopsis microspora in my own library! It eats plastic. Currently, I am working on sterilizing it so that it may do its job without being able to reproduce by spore.)

For now, fungicides and keeping the tree fed and healthy will be the only way forward. The spores are, ever-present, and won't infect a healthy specimen, usually.








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