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Questions About Christmas Palm Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
August 29, 2018

Q. Christmas Tree Palm

My Christmas Tree Palm has three trunks. Two of the trunks are healthy and one is not doing well. It had a single green shoot but strong winds broke it off. It looks dead at the top of the trunk. Does it need pruning to stimulate new growth?

Answered by
drtreelove on
August 30, 2018
A.

From the photo it doesn't look good. If it's been over a month or two and there is no new green growth appearing at the top, then that stem is likely dead.
If it was a recent event, water and fertilize and give it a month or two.

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Asked by
folze on
November 15, 2018
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Q. the fronds break at their base on my christmas palms

the fronds are health and green but break where they attach to the tree pre maturely.then dry out and drop off.New fronds are growing but the plant gets too high.???? ed

Answered by
drtreelove on
November 16, 2018
A.

The way that palms grow is that they elongate in height from a terminal bud at the top of the foliar crown. This will continually add height, and there is nothing you can do to change that growth habit. Christmas palm grows to about 20 - 25 feet in height.
Lower fronds at the bottom of the crown age and die. In the case of a Christmas palm they are "self-cleaning", meaning the older fronds separate from the trunk and fall off without being cut. This is natural.
If you think this is happening pre-maturely/excessively, then it could be due to poor growing conditions, water deficit (drought stress) and/or nutrient deficiency.

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

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Asked by
wri57 on
November 26, 2018
Belize

Q. Why remove pulp from Christmas palm seeds before planting ?

I have planted the seeds into buckets. Just covering the seeds, not deep at all. The germanation rate seems to be pretty good although I have no numbers.Seeds are planted when they start to fall off the bearing tree. Transplanted into planting bags when they are bearing 4-6 leaves.
I have not used the bleach wash. I plan to do it next planting.
Removing pulp seems a lot of work, is it really necessary?
Thanks for your advise.
Bob Wright

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 26, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

The only concern would be the increased chance of infection from pathogens digesting the pulp. Other than this, with sterile practice, or proper conditions, the pulp poses little risk. Overwatering exacerbates this risk drastically.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 9, 2019

Q. Christmas palm tree

sap oozing from black round mark on tree

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 9, 2019
A.

Can you include photos? This could be a number of things, from pests biting it, to fungal infections. If you can include a photo, I will be more than happy to help you figure out what is going on.

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Asked by
1deegee1975 on
April 5, 2019
Hudson fl 34667

Q. christmas palms in cold weather

live in Hudson fl. worried about cold weather on our tree, is it safe to grow?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 5, 2019
A.

These palms are only cold hardy to 30°F. Check with your local County Extension Office for a median temp reading for your garden.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/christmas-palm/growing-christmas-palm-trees.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

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Asked by
bgbraun on
April 13, 2019
32951

Q. I want to know where I can get my recently planted Christmas palms inoculated to avoid the disease called Lethal Yellowing

Palms are about 9′ tall and were planted six week ago in Melbourne Beach FL located in Central Florida. Thank you

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 14, 2019
A.

You will need to contact a certified Arborist for this.
Check with your local County Extension Office, they may be able to make recommendations for you.
Here are some links for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/pp/pp14600.pdf

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Asked by
hburks on
June 3, 2019
Joplin Missouri

Q. What size outdoor planter on patio for 15ft Christmas palm

I want to make sure I get the correct size planter, that hopefully won’t tip over.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
June 3, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Generally, you will want to put this into a large container that is as tall as wide. And only a few inches bigger on all sides, than the one it is in currently.

This article will help you to care for these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/christmas-palm/growing-christmas-palm-trees.htm

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