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Question: I have a majestic palm, and it was doing fine untill a couple months ago when it was getting a sticky substance on the leaves, and then the leaves started getting brown on the ends. I was woundering if the palm was dying from lack of water in the dry room heat in the winter, or what was going on. Please give any advise to help this palm, and if it makes it can I put it out side a little in the spring and summer for some fresh air and a little rain. (if it isn't for a long period of time) Thank you Rick

Answer: Here are some general guidelines for growing palms indoors: Give average household temperatures, with a minimum of 50F in the winter. Most palms will thrive in moderate to low light conditions, and should be shaded from direct sunlight. Palms require good drainage. Provide enough water to keep the soil moist during the spring and summer months, but allow the top of the soil to dry out slightly between waterings in the winter time. If the room is heated, mist the leaves occasionally to compensate for the dry air. Misting or sponging helps keep dust off the leaves, as well. Palms are not heavy feeders, but appreciate one spring and one summer feeding with a half-strength solution of liquid fertilizer in place of regular watering. It's difficult to explain low to moderate lighting conditions, but the light will be right if the plant is within 5-8 feet of a sunlit window, or if you can read newspaper print while standing in the spot. Sometimes dying tips can be from salt accumulation in the soil. Leach the salts out monthly by watering slowly and deeply and let the water run out of the bottom of the pot for several minutes. Hope this information helps!

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