The Q&A Archives: Shocked Umbrella Palm

Question: I have an umbrella palm which I kept by my pond partially submerged this summer.It grew and looked beautiful. As the weather changed I was not sure what to do my other plants ie Water Lilly,I submerge in water for the winter and bring it to the surface in the spring which works great. I was told to bring the palm in before the frost came which I did. As soon as I did this, within a couple of the days, it started to die. I have it in a sunny spot which gets sun most of the morning. What kind of care does it need? Do I cut back the dead branches? How do I water it? Any light you can share would be appreciated.

Answer: I am wondering if you have a form of papyrus, in which case it should be okay indoors but the pot must be set in a dish of water at all times to keep the roots very wet -- just as they were when it was outdoors. It will also appreciate as much sunlight as you can give it. If it turns tan and dies back, simply trim off the dried out stems, keep it moist and be patient -- it should resprout from the base.

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