The Q&A Archives: palm trees

Question: hi, i have had two queen palms for about 5-6 years now. they NEVER grow! they're still only about 8-10 feet tall, & still haven't reached the top of my 2-story home (unlike my neighbors). the leaves are growing heartily, any suggestions?

Answer: I would be curious enough to dig the palm and inspect the root system and the planting hole. You may find that the soil just isn't draining as it should. 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 palm. 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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