My Pygmy date palms are dramatically narrowing at the base of the trunk as though there is a deficiency of some sort but I can't find any information on the problem. It's as if theyll snap one of these years from the base being too thin. Any suggestions? The soil is very poor -- almost clay like but that's typical for my area.
I haven't heard of this before, but based on a few extension service articles it is probably a normal variation. This might be an example of "trunk erosion" as explained in the following article. The article says it is normal with older palms:
How much water is required for a pygmy date palm (and is this best accomplished through a drip system?)? Does the pygmy date palm require significantly less water than a Chinese Flame tree? How much less?
Typically once a week watering is sufficient for an established Pygmy Date Palm.
Here is a link with good care information.
Here is a link about Chinese Flame Tree
You can do a comparison of the two plants with this information.
I planted pygmy palms on the side of my house in full sun about two months ago. I water weekly with a hose and mid week with a drip system. The branches are brown and the plant looks stunted in growth. I do not know how to get a pictures uploaded; please try to give me some direction. Thank yo.
Your palms sound like they have transplant shock. This is very common with newly transplanted trees and shrubs. Here is some advice on how to help them recover:
This article recommends nitrogen fertilization of transplanted palms in its final section. If you did not fertilize at planting time, you could give them some now. Then, don't fertilize again until they show new growth:
When their leaves start to dry up, what does that indicate? I water it.
If the leaves start drying up from the tips and edges first, see this article:
Pygmy date palms are resistant to most palm diseases, but check whether any of these disease symptoms match:
I have a Pigmy Palm which has 3 trunks. With all the rain, one of them fell over but is still attached by the root. The roots look exposed, and I suspect we initially planted it too close to the surface. My question is: can I just chop it off and replant it?
First, see this article to determine whether the tree was actually planted too shallowly or whether the exposed roots you see are normal:
If it really was planted too shallowly, the whole tree should be dug up with its roots and transplanted so that it sits in the soil at the proper depth, as described in this article:
You can chop off the damaged trunk if it's detached from the rest of the tree, but don't chop the entire tree off at ground level. Instead, dig up enough of its roots so it will survive, as explained in the second article.
After a freeze last year, my Pygmy Palm lost its leaves. It has 3 stalks, only 2 grew back palms over the summer. The third is still green but won't grow palms. Can I make it grow again?
New fronds can only grow from the crown. If they do not emerge, the trunk will likely die.
Provide optimum care and hope for the best.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
I bought a pygmy date palm. It has 4 shoots coming from the ground. Is it advisable to separate this plant into 4 different plants?
These shoots can be removed from the plant, and the offshoots are not recommend as a propagation method.