Palms - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
Question by cccambri
October 31, 2009
I bought 3 palms 4 my condo,after 6 mos. they started turning yellow and brown. They eventually died. I bought 3 more and after about 3 weeks, these r starting to do the same thing, but much sooner. This is getting expensive. I use moisture control soil.What am I doing wrong?

Answer from NGA
October 31, 2009


I'm not sure why your palms died, but if the soil is too moist, which encourages root rot, palms will turn yellow and die. The usual reasons for browning of the tips of palm leaves are dry air, underwatering, cold air, or excessive minerals in the water. Try misting the leaves daily to increase humidity around the plant, keeping the soil moist but not soggy wet, and keeping the plant out of drafts. You may want to use bottled rather than tap water if you know your water is very hard. Hope this information helps you keep your palms healthy.

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