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Jun 5, 2020 3:05 AM CST

Hello. I am
Noticing some of the lower fronds on my Kentia palm turning brown and crispy. I have not repotted it and I water it only when the soil feels dry. I understand they prefer to dry out.
I watered it today and last time was May 24, so mostly every 10 days or so. The top growth looks ok, and it has two new fronds growing. It's 4 feet away from a south facing window that has some obstructions outside. It's next to a bird of paradise that is doing well.
Does it need more light or am I under watering?

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Jun 5, 2020 8:08 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Prof. plant consultant & educator
The loss of a few older lower fronds is normal. I do think you are underwatering it. No more than the top half-inch of soil should feel dry to your touch when you water. I would expect that would be about once per week. The light you described should be fine.
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Jun 5, 2020 9:12 AM CST

WillC said:The loss of a few older lower fronds is normal. I do think you are underwatering it. No more than the top half-inch of soil should feel dry to your touch when you water. I would expect that would be about once per week. The light you described should be fine.


Ok great! Thanks so much!
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