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Question: I have a pony tail palm, and a palm tree in my indoor pool area. The room has to be keep at 78 degrees so that mold will not form from the humidiity from the pool(84degrees)and hot tub (104 degrees). The trees seem to be burning. I had an 8ft fika and it died. I am not sure if it is the heat or the chemicals The Chemiacals are not any different than any other indor pool. It seems the lower leaves are not burning. The taller ones are completly dead. The vent in the room is a tube that goes along the room ceiling, which is very close to the plants, since they are about 8ft. I would like to save the plants, but have no idea what is going on. Also my pony tail palm has some sort of brown alsmost like hair all over????? I hope this explains what is going on. Please help me save these plants. I dont want to put fake ones in there. Look forward to your response. Thank you.

Elizabeth Tinsley
Property Manager
Keystone Resort Property Management
800-458-5857 ext. 4574

Answer: Unfortunately, based on your description, I am not certain what is happening to your plants. It may be that the heat vent is drying out the tops of the plants as most plants will not tolerate a direct draft of hot drying air. It may be that your watering practices are allowing the plants to become overly dry or overly wet. It may be that there is an infestation of some sort. It may be that your fertilization program is lacking in some way. It may be that the air quality is poor or there is inadequate air circulation or there is too much or too little sunlight. It is probably a combination of factors. It is very difficult to diagnose these types of problems long distance.

I would strongly suggest you work with your local county extension to try to obtain a specific diagnosis and then work from there. Another option would be to hire a professionally trained horticulturist with extensive interiorscape (interior plants in commercial settings) experience to look at the plants and their growing conditions and advise you. I'm sorry you are having trouble.

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