My Foxtail palm will not shed it dead palms and new palms are stunted. What’s wrong and can it be fixed?
Unfortunately, there are several diseases that can cause very similar symptoms in these palms. Detailed information on the cultural practices, and site in which the palm sits will be necessary. However, many diseases will have similar solutions, such as a general fungicide and a change in cultural practice.
The tree was straight up and down until last year, the circumstance of the top is thinner than earlier years with the crown is bending eastward away from a sister palm. Trunk was around 6-8 inch’s in diameter and have been feeding it 12 lbs of palm tree food for years. In the last six months I’ve increased the fertilizer to 24 lbs a year (2 lbs a month). The sister palm is almost doubled the size in diameter of the first. Both get divided doses of 2 lbs of palm tree fertilizer a month. It appears to me the first is starving compared to the second, what can I supplement the soil with to help with the apparent lack of nutrients?
There are a number of issues that I suspect. Disease and environmental issues are suspect. Ganoderma butt rot can look a lot like this at the very start, but so can overwatering.
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I am the HOA president for my community .I planted 18 Foxtail palms along a stretch of road in our community.they were doing great and now they are turning yellows (Tampa Florida). I'm looking for the right fertilizer for them. There is about a 2 foot dirt area around the base (no mulch)before the grass starts .They get regular watering (but not overwatered). I only take the fronds after they fold down to the ground.What is the best fertilizer for them and how much away from the trunk and around the outside of the 2 foot ring under the canopy? How do you find large bags of it? Home Depot etc. have smaller bags -Thanks from my whole community.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few reasons that they can turn yellow. There are small details that will give you some answers as to what the issue is. Some of these issues include over/underwatering, nutrient deficiency (usually iron or calcium), pH imbalances, and certain diseases.
To narrow the possibilities you will need to either perform soils tests, or contact your local extension services. These articles will help:
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Unfortunately, the instructions on fertilizers will depend on what you choose. I recommend following all instructions on the container.
We live in Sarasota Fl. Lots of sun.
Accidentally cutting a section of roots on your Fox Tail Palm can be concerning, but you can take steps to help it recover. Start by trimming the damaged roots with sharp, sterile shears. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, and consider applying a rooting hormone to encourage new root growth. Ensure good drainage, use organic mulch, and monitor for signs of stress. Be patient; with proper care, your palm may recover, but consulting a local expert is a good option if problems persist.
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