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SamHill
Jul 15, 2015 3:34 PM CST
I'm unsure what kind of palm this is but would appreciate your input.
I got it around May 1, and repotted it into this bigger pot. I was careful to leave the bulb height the same. Although the pot has a few drainage holes, I have it raised on a block to ensure it doesn't stand in any water. If I recall, there are some styrofoam pieces mixed in to the bottom of the soil. I live in central Texas. Originally, the leaves were tall and taut.

After reading the cautions of over watering, I began to water very conservatively, using rain water. Some of the leaf tips in the back (against the wall) began to brown. And then others. Thinking it needed more water, I began to water it a bit more often (still using rain water). Only one time has there been water in the water collection plate beneath the plant - and that was very little, and I cleaned it up. Very slowly, the leaves began to droop, and have continued to do so. The back leaves are beginning to fold together. My guess is that I have, now, over watered it? I cannot tell that it is especially dry OR wet.

Going forward... Should I set it outside to completely dry up? Should I repot it with new/fresh soil? Bigger/smaller pot? Spray leaves with water? Add plant food? Stop using rain water? I hate to lose it do to my ignorance. Sad

Thank you for your comments!

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 15, 2015 6:16 PM CST
Welcome! I believe you have a Majesty Palm. I find these palms make a bad transition to the indoors. Even though you may have purchased indoors at the store, most likely most of it's life has been spent outside or in a greenhouse and was even acclimating while in the store. If you plant to keep your plant indoors, aday or two outside then back inside surely won't hurt the transition. And misting. Palms LOVE to be misted. In fact they LOVE humidity. Welcome!
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SamHill
Jul 16, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Thank you very much for the advice. I appreciate the identification - that helps tremendously in my research about it. I will try putting outside a few hours each day. The area it is in doesn't get much sun, so that might be the main issue. I didn't realize they were temperamental indoors. I'll see if some sunshine helps it perk up. Thanks again!
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 16, 2015 10:26 AM CST
Sam, those palms do lose fronds from the bottom up on a regular basis, as well. So expect the bottom frond to gradually brown and fall off. As long as the "spear" leaf which is the new one coming straight out the top is green and healthy, your palm is growing normally.

You shouldn't really be able to over-water it as long as it has good drainage. Mine are in the ground here and we get heavy rain on a daily basis in the summer. As long as the plant is actively growing, you should water it until some water comes out the bottom on a regular basis. Don't use cold water, room temperature or warmer water would be best.

Whenever you take it outside, hose down the leaves, too. As Cheryl says, they love humidity so if you're keeping it inside with the a/c running the air is very likely too dry for it.
Elaine

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SamHill
Jul 16, 2015 4:01 PM CST
Thank you. I put the plant outside today for a couple of hours, before it got really hot. Unfortunately, the plant appears worse. The leaves have wilted, and three of them have bent in the middle. The pictures are a day apart - yesterday, then today after sun. However, the spear is still straight. I'm not sure howo do now. Will those frowns firm up again, if the plant gets better, so should maybe I cut them off? Thanks for any thoughts you have. I appreciate the advice.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 16, 2015 4:12 PM CST
I still call it "Environmental Transplant Shock ". You have a new leaf coming. It looks green and healthy from I can tell in the pic. Mist it ?
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SamHill
Jul 16, 2015 4:24 PM CST
You're probably correct about the environmental shock, along with being repotted. I'm hoping it will bounce back.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 16, 2015 6:25 PM CST
Sam, just a suggestion, but if it is warmer and more humid outside, I'd find a place **in the shade** and leave it out there until it shows signs of recovery. Misting or showering the leaves at least daily will also help. More often even better.
Elaine

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SamHill
Jul 16, 2015 11:58 PM CST
OK, thanks. I'll give that a try.

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