The Q&A Archives: Yellowing/Browning of indoor palms

Question: About 1 month after potting indoor palms from Home Depot, probably patio palms, they have been yellowing/browning and are partially dying. Any helpful hints. Too much water? They seem to get worse a day or so after watering. They are fairly large. How often and how much water is needed? Thanks for your help. Alice

Answer: Any new plant will need an adjustment period once you bring it home. The conditions in which it was originally growing are probably much different than the growing conditions in your home. Light levels, temperatures and even humidity levels can all be drastically different than the greenhouse conditions it is used to. Palms are usually pretty adaptable so you may only need to be patient with them. As a rule, most palms need lots of bright light - although there are some exceptions, patio palms need lots of bright light. They should be thoroughly watered and then the top of the potting soil needs to dry out slightly before watering again. Keep them out of drafts from air conditioner or heating vents and in bright light but not direct sunshine. Yellowing usually indicates overwatering; browning can indicate dry air or overfertilization. Just continue giving your palms TLC and some time to adjust. New growth should emerge a healthy green. Best wishes with your palms!

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