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Questions About Christmas Palm Plants

Asked by
Debbie Olcott on
January 25, 2018
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Q. Christmas palm tree

I have a Christmas palm that I keep on my deck and then take it in my house come September because it starts getting too cool. The leaves are starting to get all brown. Is it dying?? Or can I try and get miracle grow for palms? Some leaves are still green.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
January 25, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

There are two likely scenarios here.

You should fertilize the palm roughly every 4 months. If it doesn't then this could be the reason. If you already do this, then the issue may be a soil infection.

There are a few things that can infect the soil. Some can be cured, and some cannot. Apply dolomitic lime, and wettable sulfur to the soil. This will kill off anything that can be cured.

If this treatment does not work, then it has come to the worst case scenario. The tree will eventually be killed by the disease.

This article will give you information on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/christmas-palm/growing-christmas-palm-trees.htm

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Asked by
spotsinc on
January 29, 2018
Coconut Creek, FL

Q. Christmas Palm leaves dying

Have three triples by my pool for over 15 years w/o problems. Suddenly, about two months ago I noticed branches snapping off and falling before they die. Usually the tree ‘self cleans’ and drops entire branches with the base of the frond attached. Lately I’m finding full green branches snapped off jaggedly all around the pool. Is this just a case of fertilizer being needed? (I’ll admit…it’s been a while)

Answered by
MichiganDot on
January 29, 2018
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This looks like an animal is chewing them off. A nutrient deficiency is not going to lead to dropped healthy leaves. Squirrels have to chew to keep their teeth healthy so I'd think anything in the same family, like tree rats, might do the same. If you are in the US, call your state's Extension Service- every county has one- and ask about the likely suspects in your region. Some advocate wrapping a 24 inch wide band of aluminum around the trunk to stop climbers.
It should be fertilized every 4 months with a slow-release fertilizer.

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Asked by
mlsscroggin on
February 9, 2018
Leesburg Florida 34748

Q. Christmas Palm Tree

My Christmas Palm Tree has turned brown after a couple days of freezing weather here in Central Florida where I live. Do you think it will come back in the Spring? Do I need to remove the dead fronds or let them fall off?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 9, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

You will want to let them fall off naturally. The only thing you can do now is wait. When you start to see new growth then you can begin to trim off the dead growth.

Here is an article on their general care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/christmas-palm/growing-christmas-palm-trees.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 2, 2018

Q. Adonidia (Christmas Tree Palm)

I recently planted a double trunk Adonidia (Christmas tree palm). We had a heavy wind and one of the trunks broke at the top of the tree taking off all of the palm fons off with it. The other trunk is perfectly fine. Will the trunk that broke grow palm fond back at the top of the tree or do I need to replace the whole tree?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 2, 2018
A.

So sorry your new palm suffered from this damage. The palm will not regrow top fronds.

I would have an Arborist that is familiar with palms determine if they can be separated.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/christmas-palm/growing-christmas-palm-trees.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 3, 2018

Q. Chrisrtmas Palm Tree Indoors

I am going to buy a Christmas Palm Tree which will be grown in my apartment. I was wondering what kind of lighting I will need, I am looking at a 160 watt, 64,000 Kelvin? or would i need to go brighter?

Thank you,

Brad

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 17, 2018

Q. christmas date palms

will it harm the palm if I cut off the berry growth close to the trunk?

Answered by
drtreelove on
June 18, 2018
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No it won't hurt to cut off the seed stalks.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 15, 2018

Q. Does it harm a christmas palm to trim the seed pods as the appear.

I like to remove the seed pods when the appear. I was told this may harm the tree. I was also told the trimming seed pods is good for the tree. I need a real educated answer.

Thank you,
James Cameron

Answered by
drtreelove on
August 16, 2018
A.

I don't believe that removing the seed pods is significantly good or bad for the health of the palm. Removing them is mostly an issue of aesthetics and nuisance reduction.
Cut the seed stalks close to the trunk, but don't cut into the trunk tissue.

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