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  • Answered by
    Alisma on
    August 24, 2016
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    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:

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep344

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    September 1, 2016
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    Typically once a week watering is sufficient for an established Pygmy Date Palm.
    Here is a link with good care information.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pygmy-palm/grow-pygmy-palm-trees.htm
    Here is a link about Chinese Flame Tree

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/flame-tree/flamboyant-flame-tree-info.htm

    You can do a comparison of the two plants with this information.

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  • Answered by
    Alisma on
    September 11, 2016
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    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:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

    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:

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep001

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  • Answered by
    Alisma on
    October 23, 2016
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    If the leaves start drying up from the tips and edges first, see this article:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/what-causes-brown-edges-on-leaves-of-plant.htm

    Pygmy date palms are resistant to most palm diseases, but check whether any of these disease symptoms match:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp142

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  • Answered by
    Alisma on
    January 19, 2017
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    First, see this article to determine whether the tree was actually planted too shallowly or whether the exposed roots you see are normal:

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep344

    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:

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep001

    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.

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    March 9, 2017
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    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.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pygmy-palm/grow-pygmy-palm-trees.htm

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    March 12, 2017
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    These shoots can be removed from the plant, and the offshoots are not recommend as a propagation method.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/pygmy-palm/grow-pygmy-palm-trees.htm

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