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Q.new coconut tree planting

Zone gulf coast florida, st. pete | scott meise added on July 5, 2014 | Answered

Bought tree from Home Depot. Planted according to instructions. Main leaves still healthy and green. But center growth browned and were able to tug out when touched. Not all center came out but worried that tree won’t survive. Any suggestions?

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Answered on July 8, 2014

Palm trees have only one growing point -- the center of the plant at the top. If the center has browned and falls out, it's not good. However, if it was purchased within a few months, there should be an active guarantee. I would return the plant to HD, because it almost surely was infected when you purchased it. One further note -- St Pete is probably a little too far north to have long term success with a coconut palm. Punta Gorda is generally considered the northern most point of their habitable zone. This article has a lot of information about coconut palms: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg043

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