Fishtail Palm Trees

Why Newly Planted 10′ Fishtail Palm Leaves Turn Yellow?

Zone 10 | mad3654 added on April 28, 2012 | Answered

Fishtail palm came from nursery and had to be dug up. This palm is about 10' tall. The nursery kept the tree for a week before I moved it to the new location. It has been about three days since I planted it. It is in the ground with about two inches of the roots showing above the ground. I have a moat around the roots. Water it twice a day filling up the moat and letting it soak in.

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Answered on April 30, 2012

This can most likely be attributed to transplant shock, which is common in new plantings. This article will help:

Also, you say you water daily and have a moat-like bowl around the tree. This can actually cause water to sit in the area resulting in root rot or other fungal problems. I would first suggest that you mound some soil up around the tree so the water isn't just pooling up around it.

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