Queen palm- bent frond - Knowledgebase Question

The Villages, Fl
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Question by melanieodonn
August 25, 2010
Our queen palm sent up a beautiful new frond, but either wind or something else has bent it. It is handing directly down the trunk of the tree. Should we leave it on to feed the tree or chop it? Will it intervere with new growth? Any idea what might have caused it? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
August 25, 2010
What you describe is weather related and is actually quite common with Queen palms during the month of August. What happens is that the frond forms perfectly but the fibers encircling the frond do not deteriorate and the frond never fully opens. The concentrated weight of the frond makes it fall over where the stem meets the crown of the plant. I don't know whether or not the frond will open completely if you try to cut the fibrous material holding it closed, and if you are successful, whether or not it will eventually stand upright, but it's worth a try. If the stem is bent in two, the circulation is cut off and no moisture will be conducted into the frond which will make it turn brown and die. If this happens, it is not producing nutrients to transport back to the roots of the plant and you can cut the frond off the plant. New fronds will develop when the weather cools a bit. Best wishes with your Queen palm.

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