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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 20, 2016 1:14 PM CST
This happened very quickly this past week. I have been adjusting his water since summer no real set amounts at this time. I wait for the soil to dry out, its been half a gallon a week or less... I CHECK the soil literary everytime because I've worried so much about over watering.
So I cut one branch off already now there is 2 more that have yellowed. All in 2 weeks or lil longer. .
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I added alot of pics to give an idea what they live like now. Not too dry in here I dont believe especially in comparison to my daughter's home but these plants lived on a patio over the summer and was watered almost every day. these thrived very well also and seem to have lived ok inside since. I've slowly adjusted watering as his soil took much longer to dry inside rh5en out side of course. I do understand that he isnt really a palm tree, I looked into this so that I could trim him , and to bring him inside ect.

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The last photo is a third palm tree that is sitting across the room now. He has not yellowed at all.
I just took notice that he looks more green since he has been moved away from the window just 9/10 days ago..
Are they getting too much sun for winter? In the summer they sat in full sun on the patio . Zone b6... seems unlikely un less.. its for the winter they dont like full sun.. ?? Idk
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 21, 2016 8:58 AM CST
Id relocate the sick to a location similar to the healty one.
Heck # maybe to much lite Shrug!
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 21, 2016 9:14 AM CST
They look pretty good to me, Pamela. They are indeed a type of palm. Not all palms are tall single trunks. I have three types in my garden that grow in clumps like yours.

Check the undersides of the leaves for spider mites, by running your fingers along the leaves. If your finger comes away slightly orange-ish you have spider mites. Take the plants to your shower and give them a good thorough wash. (you should regularly check all your plants this way, btw and they will all love a shower once in a while, too)

Palms trees lose leaves all the time. As they grow a new one from the center, they will lose the lowest ones from the outside. That's just how they grow. As long as the new "spear" leaf coming out the top is nice and green, everything is fine.

It shouldn't be any issue with the sunlight. They like lots of light and in nature (here) grow in full sun all year round. Even in the dead of winter (which is today!) your sun is not nearly as strong as ours.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 22, 2016 4:35 AM CST
Thanks ladies and gents. I appreciate your time and advice.
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sooby
Dec 22, 2016 5:36 AM CST
Pamela, were they growing in the same potting mix outdoors or did you repot them? The potting mix looks to be mostly wood/bark and seems to come up rather high in the pot for watering.
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Dec 24, 2016 5:55 AM CST
I did not repot or change the soil after summer. It has soil in there up to about 3 inches from the top then it is mulch. I suppose I can repot or just replace the soil .. any other suggestions for changing soil, is there anything else I may do to improve these guys?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 24, 2016 10:19 AM CST
Palms do best with a specific fertilizer, Pamela. It has specific micro-nutrients that they need.

You really don't need to fertilize them while they're indoors through the winter because they're growing pretty slowly. But next spring when it's coming up on time to put them outside again, you should get some fertilizer formulated specifically for palms. You can order it online if you can't find any locally. Here's some from Lowe's for example https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sunni...

Don't use the spikes, they don't work as well as the pelleted stuff you can sprinkle on the soil surface. For a palm in a pot, I'd be inclined to start with about half as much as they recommend. You can always give some more, but if you give too much to begin with, it's hard to undo.

Down here, people leave little palms like that in the same pot for years, since they have a very compact root ball. So I don't think there's any worry about re-potting. As I said above, they look really good to me. That mulch you've got around there looks to be at about the right height to me, too.
Elaine

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ShadyGreenThumb
Dec 24, 2016 12:51 PM CST
My palms always suffered indoors. They grow amazing outdoors. But I think our a/c and humidity is just too low indoors compared to outside. I brought a 4 ft Parlor Palm indoors last year. I liked how it looked. Now it is suffering. Even with all the new little seedlings at the bottom, I've decided to take it out of it's misery and take it back outside once it warms up in the spring.

I also had a smaller palm that I brought in just for the winter. I put it in the bathroom so it would get more humidity. By the time I brought it back outside, it was in a sorry state! I think I will give up torturing my palms!
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