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Eppelheim
Inmyownjungle
May 6, 2020 6:40 AM CST
I have had this Palm for about a month from the local store.
It is near a semi bright window with brighter light for about 3-4 hours a day.

The leaf tips are curling up into strings and the colour seems to be fading.

Anyone help with the issue??
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 6, 2020 8:08 AM CST
Welcome! I'm not sure there is a problem. After new fronds emerge and open up there is usually leftover tissue - the string you refer to. That is normal and can be removed.

Kentias do need protection from the direct rays of the sun falling on the foliage at any time during the day.

Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot.

How do you decide when to water and how much do you give it?
Will Creed
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Eppelheim
Inmyownjungle
May 6, 2020 8:21 AM CST
Thanks for the reply!!

Here are the additional pics

I usually water ever 10-14 days but I generally shove my fingers in, if the top 5cm is dry I splash some in with a touch of water and food / fertilizer mix.
I haven't repotted and it's in a ornamental pot with a drainage hole.

I'm rather new to all this and really appreciate the advice.

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 6, 2020 8:28 AM CST
Overall, your Kentia appears to be in good shape. I suggest that you water it when the top 3 cm is dry. Always add enough water so that some trickles through the holes of the plastic nursery pot. Make sure the pot does not sit in water for more than a couple of hours.

It does not need fertilizer.

Let me know if the potting mix feels unusually gritty more like cinders than soil.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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Eppelheim
Inmyownjungle
May 6, 2020 8:34 AM CST
Thank you!

But what's with the discoloration in the leaves?
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 6, 2020 8:42 AM CST
The discoloration does not appear to be serious. It might be too much light, over-fertilizing, soil getting too dry or using hard water and any of those conditions may have occurred before you got the plant. There is nothing you can do about that. Provide the light and water as I described and future new growth should be okay.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
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Eppelheim
Inmyownjungle
May 7, 2020 1:39 AM CST
Once again, thank you.

Curious though, the leaves turning to strings are on the older prons, the leave second from the bottom of the spred - and on both sides - matching. This doesn't seem about left over tissue but it folding back up.

Additionally, I get a fare amount of sun throughout the day but that window is s s/w facing window and has risk of direct sun (if I forget to pull the blinds down). The center of my flat has great sun, especially in the morning (east facing) - nothing direct but my bedroom get the most sun as its west facing.
How much indirect sun do these guys like? If I put him in the bedroom there is a great spot, fully lit but nothing direct.

Responding,
Soil is a mulch feel with pieces tiny broken up wood? it is a loose feel, not a flower pot soil if I can describe.
I also noticed the new leaf at the bottom has gone brown at the top and dried up, half.

Cheers!

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 7, 2020 8:38 AM CST
The "strings" that you referenced are not a problem and they can simply be trimmed off.

I think the location where you have it in the photo is probably fine as long as it's not getting direct sun on its leaves for more than an hour or so each day. Ideally, you would move it back maybe just a little bit from the window so that the sun doesn't shine directly on it but don't move more than a couple of feet from that window.

Water it as I described previously.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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