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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 4, 2014

Q. Fan Palm Roots

My California fan palm is really pushing at the decorative brick near the pool. Do you suggest that I remove the tree or are there other measures I could take to fix the problem? The tree is approximately 20-30 feet. I love the tree and I’m pretty sure the roots wouldn’t damage the pool, but the brick damage was fast and aggressive, and there are walkways it could push up.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 4, 2014
Certified Expert
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There is not much you can do to fix this issue. You could try root pruning the tree to remove the problem roots and resetting the bricks, but this could kill the tree and, if it does not, it would likely only be a temporary fix until it grew new roots in that direction. That is about all you can do other than to remove the tree or redo the brick around the tree to accommodate the roots.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 11, 2015

Q. white powdery substance on mediterranean fan palm

We have Mediterranean palms that are covered with a white substance in the middle where all the new growth is. The new fronds have this substance on their main stalk too. What to do? These plants were planted 1 1/2 yrs ago. They’re approx 4-5 ft tall. Thanks.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 12, 2015
Certified Expert
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It is probably powdery mildew. You can treat it with either a chemical fungicide or neem oil. Both should be available at any store that sells gardening supplies. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 12, 2015

Q. Fan Palm Tree shedding

Is there a chemical treatment that can be used or something that can be done to keep fan palms from flowering and shedding? I am in Phoenix, Arizona and our palms shed all over the patio and into the pool.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 12, 2015
Certified Expert
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The healthier the plant the less leaves will shed, but some will naturally occur.
There would be no chemical treatment.

Here is a link to refresh the care needed.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/fan-palm/growing-fan-palm-indoors.htm

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Asked by
Palmfan1 on
August 29, 2015

Q. How much light per day does the mexican fan palm require?

I live in a basement (do to housing complications), and I would like to keep my potted Washingtonia Robusta alive and well. Its about 1-2 feet tall. Down in the basement there is 1 window that is at ground level. It lets in light from outside. It’s a south facing window, although my neighbor’s house and surrounding objects probably block the sun from hitting the window. It seems to let in a decent amount of light though. I’m concerned that there may not be enough light for it.

How much light does a Washingtonia Robusta require in a day? Can it survive on partial sun/shade? Will I require a growing light? If so, how many hours a day should I provide light? Heat is not an issue down there because the furnace is down there. It actually stays almost too hot for my tastes (but probably not the Washy).

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 31, 2015
Certified Expert
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Your palm will need at least 4 hours of good direct sunlight.
You can use a grow light and I would use the grow light for at least 6 hours a day. You may need to adjust this if the plant show signs of stress.
Here is a link with good growing information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/fan-palm/growing-fan-palm-indoors.htm

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Asked by
Rvirga on
November 14, 2015

Q. Care of oriental fan plant indoors

I bring my fan plants in each year. How should I care for them (watering how often, how much, feed)? They sit in front of French doors facing west). Every year some of the fans turn brown. Should I rotate the plants to expose them to more light, and should I spray them? Would grow light work?

Answered by
shelley on
November 14, 2015
Certified Expert
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Here is an article that discusses how to take care of an indoor fan palm:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/fan-palm/growing-fan-palm-indoors.htm

And, yes, your plant would benefit from a rotation to give the entire plant equal time to the most intense light. And, so long as your plant gets at least four hours of direct sunlight daily, I do not think a grow light would be necessary.

Happy gardening!

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