The Q&A Archives: Palm Tree Dying

Question: I am almost postitive my palm givin to me is dying we planted in in front of our front steps w/ citrus soil and the plant is envaded with palm-metow bugs aka erwigs (? spelling) the green leaves coming out of top won't stay green and it has some white stuff on it I want my tree to thrive please help I live in Norfolk, VA

Answer: Earwigs feed on decaying organic matter so if you have some in your palm, it's not a good sign. It means things are dying within the crown of your palm. The white stuff could be fungus or a sign of mealybugs. In either case, it doesn't sound good for your palm. Try collecting some of the white stuff and take it to your local cooperative extension office for positive diagnosis. Once you know what you are dealing with, you might be able to control it. Helpful staff at the extension office can suggest controls.

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