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May 22, 2020 6:59 PM CST

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I bought this Palm about 8 months ago. In the last couple of months, the leaves have slowly been turning white (almost chalky). I've tried googling it but the only thing I find is scale. I've checked for parasites and I've not found anything. I've repotted the plant once but that was about a week after buying it (so about 7.5 months ago). I water it weekly and have started fertilizing it since late march as the weather has gotten a bit warmer. I've noticed a lot of growth but after a few weeks, the new shoots turn white like the rest. It appears healthy besides the colour. It is strong and growing fast
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
May 22, 2020 7:04 PM CST
It looks like spider mites to me but I could be in error
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Name: Will Creed
Prof. plant consultant & educator
May 23, 2020 8:37 AM CST
Welcome! I agree with Gina. Your Parlor Palm definitely;y has a serious spider mite infestation. Unfortunately all of the mottled leaf discoloration is permanent so it may not be worth saving. If you successfully treat the spider mites, healthy new growth will slowly emerge and should remain green.

To treat the spider mites, mix a solution of water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Then, spray all leaf and stem surfaces until they are dripping wet. It is a very messy task, but unless you get complete coverage and make direct contact even with the ones you cannot see, the survivors will reproduce, and the infestation will return. Be sure the solution runs into the crevices where leaf stems attach to the main stems.

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