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Question: I Planted 5 Queen Palms aprox 8 yrs ago at home depot # were very large in wood crates and two were in the large black plastic containers.They all have grown well excep one. One of the large palms from the wood crate seems to have a failure to thrive. The other palms re twice as big and the smaller palms are now bigger than this runt. Could this be a genetic defect? It also onlygets 3-4 fronds that never really look healthy. I planted all of the palms in huge hoes with a few bags of soil amendment. They all were planted the same way. They also get watered the same amount on a drip system. I have tried over the years to give it extra water and fertilizer but it still looks like a mutant Palm tree. Any ideas on how to treat tis palm?
Thanks,.... jimeedee

Answer: I would be curious enough to dig the palm and inspect the root system and the planting hole. Even though you think all things are equal, you may find that the soil just isn't draining as well in that one spot as in the others. When you have it out of the ground, rinse the soil off the roots to inspect for insect damage or root rot (mushy roots). If you find nothing unusual, amend the soil with new organic matter and replant the tree. Water deeply to settle the soil after replanting. With any luck, the digging and replanting will be enough of a shock to prompt new growth in your palm.

Let's hope so!

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