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Kbilgek
Jun 15, 2020 1:47 PM CST
Idk what's wrong but my plant leaves looks like this and it's dying. If anyone know why and have any idea what I can do please tell me. πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

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gardenfish
Jun 15, 2020 2:45 PM CST
I think it is spider mites, I thought I Saw some tiny webs in one picture. Mites are not true insects. This appears to be a houseplant, right? If it is, isolate it from any other nearby house plants, and try using Neem oil, as per instructions.
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WillC
Jun 16, 2020 10:58 AM CST
Welcome! Your Palm has a serious spider mite infestation that may not be worth the difficulty of treating it, depending on how widespread it is. The mottled discolorations on the foliage are permanent.

Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot.
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Kbilgek
Jun 16, 2020 12:00 PM CST
Hi guys thank you for all your answers, I double checked but I didn't see any spider webs on it (if it looks like regular spider webs) I uploaded another pics here. Thanks again Thank You!
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Jun 16, 2020 12:24 PM CST

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I agree Spider mites
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Name: sumire
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sumire
Jun 16, 2020 12:30 PM CST
I would agree that looks like spider mites. When you run your fingers along the bottom of the leaves, do they feel slightly sandy or gritty? Even if you can't find webs, sometimes you can feel them that way.
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Kbilgek
Jun 16, 2020 12:56 PM CST
So what should I do guys? gardenfish said Neem oil. How am I gonna apply it? Like spray it or water with that oil?
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gardenfish
Jun 16, 2020 1:09 PM CST
Neem oil is mixed with water. The instructions for the dilution rate Will be on the package. Be sure to spray both sides of the leaves until run off. Good luck! Crossing Fingers!
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Kbilgek
Jun 16, 2020 6:09 PM CST
Thank you all, I'll try. Hope it works Crossing Fingers! Thank You!
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plantladylin
Jun 16, 2020 7:03 PM CST
Hi Kbilgek, Welcome!

I agree with everyone's observation that your Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) appears to have a major mite infestation. Hot, dry conditions are perfect environments for spider mites, which are teeny, tiny mites that are almost invisible to the human eye. They spin a very fine webbing on the undersides of leaves to protect their eggs. In your 2nd photo, I see what appears to be the fine webbing of mites.

I live in a humid climate and thankfully don't have an issue with spider mites but I keep a container of Bonide Neem Oil Spray in with my garden supplies for use on mealybugs and other plant pests. It's an insecticide, miticide, fungicide combination with no pre-mixing needed, I get mine from Home Depot garden center but it's available at many other places as well: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bo...

You will need to thoroughly saturate your plant with the spray, getting all the nooks and crannies, as well as the reverse sides of the leaves and the treatment may have to be repeated a week or so later, to be sure you've killed any newly hatched eggs as well as unhatched eggs that may still be present. If there are any other plants in the vicinity of where your palm has been located, you will likely need to treat those plants as well.

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WillC
Jun 17, 2020 9:28 AM CST
It is not so much what you use to spray but how effective you are in getting complete coverage of all leaf and stem surfaces. Soap and water can be just as effective as anything else if you are really thorough. If you don't make a dripping mess, you haven't been thorough enough!
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sumire
Jun 17, 2020 10:06 AM CST
WillC said:If you don't make a dripping mess, you haven't been thorough enough!


I usually place mine into a bathtub for this sort of adventure. Its easier to clean up. (And neem oil is great but I tend to use insecticidal soap because it is what I usually have lying around.)

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