Fan Palm in trouble - Knowledgebase Question

Lawrenceburg, KY (Zone 6A)
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Question by s_mason
April 13, 2005
I have had a Chinese fan palm for about two weeks that is in trouble. Yellowing of some fronds, yellowing leaves. Some leaves were brown-tipping. Gets plenty of indirect light from a west window. Watered thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry and not allowed to stand in the water. I found some spider mites and treated with very weak alcohol/water mist. Some of the new growth at the bottom of the plant seems to be dying. I have never fertilized. A cat palm at a north window gets the same treatment and seems to be fine. Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
April 13, 2005

Very strange. Your description of your plant's care pretty much eliminates the likely causes of such symptoms on a palm. There is always the possibility of some unusual disease, but I doubt that seriously as your area is obviously not filled with palms which would support such a problem.

Something seems wrong in the roots. Perhaps if it was transplanted, this could be a temporary setback. That palm would like a medium to bright light and so I'm not sure what else to recommend but time and moderate soil moisture. Fertilize the plant with a soluble plant food at the label rate once a week to see if it just needs a little more nutrients such as nitrogen.

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