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Question: The ends of the leaves of my fish tail palm continually dry until I have to cut them back and finally cut the entire branch off. The plant continues to grow and send out beautiful big branches but within a month or so the new branches also dry at the tips. Is it too much or too little water? Wrong fertilizer? Too much heat in the room? I have tried many changes already.

Answer: Generally speaking, all palms will respond to the following care:
Average warmth, minimum 50F degrees in the winter. Winter nighttime temperatures should not exceed 60F. Palms should be kept out of direct sunshine; most thrive in low light conditions. Palms need fast draining soil and like slightly moist conditions in the winter; water liberally in the spring and summer. Mist the leaves in the winter if the humidity in the house is low. Avoid drafts. Repot only when the plant is thoroughly pot-bound; palms don't like to be disturbed. When you do repot, compact the soil around the rootball.

Some palms only retain the newest leaves, so if you're having trouble keeping only the older, lower leaves green, your palm may be one that naturally drops its older leaves.

Hope this helps!

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