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Questions About Foxtail Palm

Asked by
Portwind on
February 7, 2018
Naples, Fl 34104

Q. Foxtail palm problem

My Mature and healthy looking foxtail just shed a green frond from the crown shaft. Looking up there is another is ripping away.
The growth spike is in emerging and I don’t see any other problem.
We are in zone 10a.
Although we were hit hard by Irma this palm did not sustain damage

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 7, 2018
Certified Expert
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These palms will be self cleaning. This is a natural process, and not much of a concern. If they all start falling off, then I would look to a soil infection. The tree appears healthy, though.

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Answered by
Portwind on
February 7, 2018
A.

Self cleaning usually occurs after all the nutrients are depleted from old leaves. Not till they are completely brown do they fall.
That’s why in non self cleaning palms leaves should never be removed till all the nutrients are gone.

These leaves( fronds) are so green and healthy.

Maybe an animal ..?

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Asked by
Zebrowskijo on
February 19, 2018
Bayonet Pt, Fl 34667

Q. fox tail palm

Can a fox tail palm be topped ? It is getting very tall

Thank you

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 19, 2018
Certified Expert
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This is not a good idea, and usually results in the death of the palm. Here is an article that will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/foxtail-palm/foxtail-palm-tree.htm

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Asked by
treborellim on
November 18, 2018
Vero Beach, Florida

Q. To cut or not to cut – Repro Organs on Foxtail Palms?

Some time ago, I asked and was answered that the reproductive organs on my Foxtail Palm trees would fall off when they were done blooming. They did not. My question is if they don’t fall off on their own, can I cut them off safely? They are pretty ugly at this point. Thank you.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
November 18, 2018
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can cut them off. They will fall off naturally, and it will take some time, but cutting them off will not pose any harm. You may even take an extra measure and wipe the cut spots with peroxide to be sure that an infection does not set in. Otherwise, there will be no issue cutting them off.

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