I bought an 8-ft foxtail palm at a nursery back in the spring. It lived on my balcony for 7 months and did very well. It grew to about 10 ft. I brought it in before the first freeze, and it’s been a great addition to our living area. It thrived there for several months. We have floor-to-ceiling windows, so it gets enough light. However, before I noticed there was a problem, it got a very heavy spider mite infestation. I’ve treated it and think I’ve killer the mites, but 90% of the fronds are now brown. Will the palm come back? Should I trim the brown fronds? I’m very fond of the palm and hate to lose it. Thank you for your help.
Potted Foxtail Palm
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This is quite common. There are many things I recommend for killing mites like this. Mix neem oil, and a few drops of the following in water: coconut oil, rosemary oil, chrysanthemum oil, garlic extract, and clove oil for the worst of infections. You will want to make sure to spray the plant until it is dripping for several days. There will still be eggs that will hatch, and it will be necessary to kill them off as they do.
Only cut these leaves off after they completely die. Other than that, you will just have to baby it until it returns to normal.
Dear BushDoctor, Thank you for your advice! I’m relieved that there’s hope for my palm, and I will continue treatments. Best, Beverly