The Q&A Archives: replanting a mexican fan palm

Question: I dug up a mexican fan palm and placed it in a pot, I have watered it once a day for 3 days and it is not doing so well, it is drying and dying, what am i doing wrong

Answer: Mexican fan palms are generally pretty easy to grow. I think the weather has a lot to do with how poorly your palm is doing now they you've moved it. Whenever your dig and transplant a palm it will go through some transplant stress - especially if you do it during triple digit weather. Give your palm some shade from the hot afternoon sunshine and water it throughly, but then allow the soil to dry out slightly. Just stick your finger down into the soil before watering. If it is still moist an inch below the surface, you won't need to water for another few days. If it is getting dry, it's time to water. I think your palm will adjust - just give it a little more time. Good luck with your fan palm.

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