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DarrenP76
May 9, 2020 9:30 AM CST
Hi hope you are all safe and well. I wonder if someone can help me with my Kentia palm.
While its size and overall look it looks well I've noticed the leaves have lost their deep green gloss look and are looking mottled pale and have a matt look to them.
It's due a repot as the roots are showing through the drainage holes now but wondered if this could be the issue or maybe the soil has used up it's nutrients?
It's misted daily and watered once a week and a weekly feed. My only concern is that we had some work done in the kitchen and we moved it but wondered if the build up of dust etc has damaged it in some way.
Any advice would be great
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WillC
May 9, 2020 1:10 PM CST
Please post a photo of the entire Kentia and its pot.
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The Vale of Glamorgan
DarrenP76
May 9, 2020 2:17 PM CST
Thank you for the reply - here are a few pictures. I've tried to take a picture if the roots as well. They look brown but it's the earth as I have it a good soak today - they are white but coming through the pot as you can see.


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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 10, 2020 8:14 AM CST
Welcome! The color does not look good, but I am always a bit suspicious as to how accurate the photo rendering is.

I do suspect that whatever debris it was exposed to during construction may be the reason for its poor color, especially if the foliage was left unprotected and uncovered. If you misted the fronds when there was still dust on them, then it will be much harder to clean the leaves. Try using some soapy water and lots of gentle elbow grease.

Another consideration; if you misted the plant using hard water, then the mineral salts will collect and dry on the fronds.

If new fronds come in and have a healthy color, then that will confirm that the discoloration is caused by dust and/or misting.

The roots are fine. Kentias to not like their roots disturbed so don't even think about repotting.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
The Vale of Glamorgan
DarrenP76
May 10, 2020 8:26 AM CST
Yes I suspect it was lack of covering it when the dust was in the room 😓 hard lesson learnt, but I'll definitely give it a clean with soapy water!

Thank you will much appreciated 👍
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 10, 2020 8:28 AM CST
Plants and home renovations don't go well together! But at least it is nothing systemic or fatal.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
The Vale of Glamorgan
DarrenP76
May 10, 2020 9:03 AM CST
Yes this is true 👍 do you think after clean and a few months the colour might return? Maybe it adds character 😁

Would you definatley advise not reporting? I'm wondering if it's used all the soil nutrients also, I'd like to get him bigger again if possible 😁
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 10, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Whatever color remains after a thorough cleaning is the color that will remain permanently. You cannot change that.

Repotting will not help in any way and you will regret it if you attempt it.

There is no nutrient deficiency. The leaf discoloration is from external problems previously discussed.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcre[email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
The Vale of Glamorgan
DarrenP76
May 10, 2020 9:54 AM CST
Thanks again Will 👍

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