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  3. our queen palm keeps losing leaves ~ faster than the new growth.
  4. How Do I Mix Manganese Sulfate and Water to Correct Fizzletop?
  5. How to get rid of cut worms in a tall Queen Palm
  6. Ants infestation in my queen palm
  7. feeding queen palms
Asked by Anonymous on January 11, 2011
Queen Palms

Should Queen Palms be trimmed?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

No, they do not need to be trimmed. They are self cleaning palm trees.

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Asked by Anonymous on May 16, 2011
Queen Palm Problem

As new leaves form, a white, pale tint seems to come from inside the leaves. Where fronds separate from the trunk, it becomes web-like and dead. Untreated this whiteness grows up the frond until it is dead. Palm frond weakens at the base and can grow warped off to one side. Is it a pest or disease? Can it be treated? My location is Houston, Texas.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by pamwhite on February 1, 2012
Our Queen Palm Keeps Losing Leaves ~ Faster Than the New Growth.

There is a white substance coating the leaf stalks quite heavily on some.  The candles on one have died and also the berries have died. They were planted in the spring and seem to be declining. There is some new growth but as soon as we cut off a dead leaf, another starts to yellow and then turn brown.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like a pest. There are a few it could be and those are scale, spider mites and mealy bugs. These articles will help you determine which it is:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/palms/sticky-palm-tree-leaves-treatment-for-palm-scale.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/spider-mite-treatment.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm

Neem oil will help in treating the pest, regardless of which one it it. Here is more info: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by peterp on May 16, 2012
How Do I Mix Manganese Sulfate and Water to Correct Fizzletop?

My Queen Palm suddenly looks stressed and fronds start to brown quickly. New spears appear but are not as robust as usual.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This article will help. The article is about Sago Palms, but the same principles apply to Queen Palms as well:
http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/lowndes/anr/documents/sagopalms1.pdf

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Asked by KimHowell on June 9, 2012
How to Get Rid of Cut Worms in a Tall Queen Palm

I was horrified to see that cut worms are eating away at my beautiful Queen Palm. What can I do to save this beautiful 30 ft Palm?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can buy a substance called Bt (short for bacillus thuringiensis). It is sold at many garden nurseries. It is a natural bacteria that kills caterpillars of all kinds. This should help eliminate them.

You can also use neem oil. It is not a quick kill pesticide, but causes the caterpillars to stop eating and they starve to death. The nice thing about neem oil is the tree absorbs it, so even if the worms can burrowed into the tree, the neem oil will still reach them and kill them.

Both of these substances are harmless to people and pets.

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Asked by Kebas40 on March 19, 2014
Ants Infestation in My Queen Palm

I want to know how to get rid of the ants in 20 foot queen palm tree. I was trimming my queen palms for spring and I noticed there are little holes in the queen palm.

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theficuswrangler

You might want to consult a professional exterminator to determine what kind of ants they are, and how to treat them. If you want to try a home remedy, this article will help you: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/home-remedies-carpenter-ants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on November 11, 2014
Feeding Queen Palms

I have Queen palms about 15 feet tall. What should I be feeding them and how often? I live above Orlando FL.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You need to fertilize once a season in spring, summer and fall (skip winter) with a fertilizer that has an NPK of 8-2-12 as well as containing some magnesium. They do sell special palm fertilizer that can make things easier.

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theficuswrangler

This article is a good primer on queen palms, and will give you or link you to all the information you need: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st609
Additionally, you can get information from the county extension service. This link will help you find the nearest office:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-extension-service.htm

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