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rmartin066
Oct 13, 2019 7:51 AM CST
My foliage plant has brown stems on the bottom. Can I cut them off? What causes these dead branches? Can I use Orchid plant 25-10-10 orchid fertilizer on this foliage plant. Watering once a week. I live in the Niagara area. The plant has southern exposure and sits close to the patio door, just to the right of the door. I do not have a green thumb.
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WillC
Oct 13, 2019 8:14 AM CST
We cannot help you without knowing what plant species you have. Please post a photo that shows the entire plant, its pot, and the brown stems you are concerned about.
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JayZeke
Oct 17, 2019 3:57 PM CST
@rmartin066

Yes you can. I usually cut my dead leaves off my Majesty Palm. They just get old and begin to dry up. Nothing you can really do about that.
Im not sure about fertilizer. Ive had mine 3 years and i havent done so. Its growing awesome, i also water it once a week placed by a southfaced window.
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WillC
Oct 17, 2019 5:27 PM CST
Thanks for the follow-up photo. Majesty Palms have a very poor record when used indoors. They are tropical in origin so you don't have the option of moving it outside. Without strong overhead sun, lots of air circulation, constantly damp soil and regular fertilizing that they get outside in warm climates, they tend to deteriorate pretty badly over the course of a year or so.

Yours will continue to develop yellow lower fronds that can be cut off as they become unsightly. Keep the soil damp. Place it right in front of the window. Watch for spider mites. Any fertilizer is fine at half strength.

This is not a good plant for a beginner. Do your best!
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