Problem with Rhapis (Lady Palm) - Knowledgebase Question

Vallejo, CA
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Question by cyberrra
November 10, 1997
There are various new shoots on my rhapis palm; one of them has dried up and died. It looks like the root of that one is peering out of the pot's drain hole. Could it be it needs transplanting? or do I have pest? If I do transplant what is mixture of the soil?

Desparate! Please reply

Answer from NGA
November 10, 1997
Remove the dead shoot; it is not necessarily an indication that you need to repot. Have the roots entirely filled the pot and/or are they vigorously growing out of the drainage holes? Has it been more than a year or two in the same pot? If not, then you may not need to repot.

If you do decide to repot, I like to use a lightweight potting soil--one that contains a fair amount of peat, vermiculite and/or perlite. (Gardener's Supply sells a good, compost-rich potting mix by mail-order; their number is 1-800-863-1700.)

Keep a close eye on watering. That dead shoot could be an indication of overwatering (or underwatering). Or it could simply be making way for the other, stronger shoots.

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