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Q.Should I Cut Off The Top Part Of My Wilting Ponytail Palm?

Zone Philippines (Zone 11) | Anais01 added on September 18, 2020 | Answered

I was treating it for scales and I think I soaked the top part too much when I sprayed it with the watered-down organic pesticide, so I left it out in open air for a whole day to try and dry it out (though it was really getting droopy the past few weeks because it was indoors and it’s rainy season). When I woke up this morning, I saw the the “base” of the leafy part at the top seemed even more wilted than yesterday 🙁 Urgently seeking for help! And if possible, show a sketch how / where I should cut it? Thank you in advance!

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Answered on September 21, 2020

When scale does damage... It does a LOT of damage. It will be necessary to treat with a fungicide, since they tend to cause infections.

I wouldn't cut the top off, since this can kill the plant. Treat with a fungicide and wait for side growths, which can happen upon recovery. Once you notice side growth, then you can trim the main stalk. It will die off after this point.

Here are some articles that will help:



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