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Greece
Mar2002
May 12, 2020 4:03 AM CST
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Hello, I bought a chamaedorea couple of months ago. A few weeks ago I repoted the plant and since then some of the fronds get dry and if you pull these dry fronds, it seems like it is cut from the surface of the soil. Can you please advise me what's wrong with my chamaedorea?
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Gina1960
May 12, 2020 5:52 AM CST
Was it potted like that or did you repot it like that? It looks like the pot is too big and that it may be planted too deep. It looks like your fronds are rotting off at the base
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plantladylin
May 12, 2020 6:09 AM CST
Hi Mar2002, Welcome!

I agree with Gina, it looks like your Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is a pot that's quite large for the size of the plant and it's a bit difficult to see in the photo but it does appear to be planted too deep. Repotting likely wasn't necessary and the plant is suffering the undue stress of the roots being disturbed when moving it to a larger pot. Hopefully in time it will recover. I never transplant/repot new plants, I leave them in their plastic nursery pots and sit that down into a more decorative container.
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sallyg
May 12, 2020 6:25 AM CST
Remove the extra soil on top of the original soil.
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Greece
Mar2002
May 12, 2020 6:36 AM CST
The uploaded photo is after repoting. You are right, the new pot is bigger than the one it was before. So what can I do now? I read somewhere that the chamaedorea doesn't like frequent repoting. So, should I repoted in a smaller pot, so as to save the plant or will it get worse? Would it be helpful if I remove some of the soil on surface as Sally mentioned above?
Thank you so much for your advices.
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WillC
May 12, 2020 7:52 AM CST
If you left the original rootball intact, then you can carefully undo the repotting and move the original rootball and its soil back into its original pot or one the same size and with drain holes.

If you removed much of the original soil, then you are better off leaving it as it is. But do remove the excess soil from the top, as Sally suggested, and water it carefully so that it dries out appropriately every week.
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