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Name: Sofie
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altquinn
May 17, 2020 1:14 PM CST
So this is my madagascar palm I bought from my local garden store.. just two weeks ago. Let me just say..I'm a complete beginner when it comes to plants.. so this may just be me worrying. He/she has been getting plenty of sunlight and i water them once a week. I've compared pics from when i got it to a couple days ago, and the leaves on the top are growing nicely. It also seems to be maintaining the beautiful green color. However, i woke up this morning and checked on it, and these yellow leaves had appeared at the bottom. They're probably normal.. but i just wanted to check. Does anyone think its a sign of over/underwatering? or is it normal?


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When I got it.. + a few days ago...



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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 17, 2020 1:22 PM CST
Any changes in the trunks pliability(soft/hard to the touch)?
2 weeks shouldnt really be an issue, and neither is overwatering(unless the plant was already unhealthy).
One of my pachys is a rehabbed plant. So, as long as you(or the store) has managed to do the bare minimum of keeping it alive, you can always heal it back to healthy.
Those leaves could be last years growth(makes sense if they are at the bottom) to fall off.
Name: Sofie
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altquinn
May 17, 2020 1:28 PM CST
skopjecollection said:Any changes in the trunks pliability(soft/hard to the touch)?
2 weeks shouldnt really be an issue, and neither is overwatering(unless the plant was already unhealthy).
One of my pachys is a rehabbed plant. So, as long as you(or the store) has managed to do the bare minimum of keeping it alive, you can always heal it back to healthy.
Those leaves could be last years growth(makes sense if they are at the bottom) to fall off.


I didn't test the pliability when I bought it, so i cant really compare that. It's firm, but it's still pokeable where i can get in-between the spikes.
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 17, 2020 1:31 PM CST
Define pokable.
Should be wood hard if its well watered and healthy.
If not, water it.
If it bloats and becomes firm, congrats, your plant was underwatered.
If it doesnt and stays soft, your plant is rotting.
If the plant isnt soft, then its fine...
Name: Sofie
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altquinn
May 17, 2020 2:00 PM CST
skopjecollection said:Define pokable.
Should be wood hard if its well watered and healthy.
If not, water it.
If it bloats and becomes firm, congrats, your plant was underwatered.
If it doesnt and stays soft, your plant is rotting.
If the plant isnt soft, then its fine...


okay, yeah. It isnt wood hard. Maybe i'm underwatering. I'll water it again soon, and update you in a few days.
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Baja_Costero
May 17, 2020 3:30 PM CST

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It's totally normal for lower leaves to turn yellow and then fall off (in moderation).

I water based on soil moisture, not the firmness of the plant, aiming for when the soil is going dry but before it is fully dry, this time of year. Once a week could be fine this time of year indoors in a spot with good light. You will see changes in late fall as the plant begins to lose all or most of its leaves (normal for the season) and those are a sign to reduce watering frequency for the winter. These plants have a season of active growth and a season of rest, and they have different water needs during the two seasons. Water too much during winter and there is a real risk of rot. Any repotting should be done at the beginning of the growth season, not during the season of rest.

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