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Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
Gardening A Perfect antidepressant
Feb 2, 2017 12:15 PM CST
This is a pic of the tray under the palm tree. I was cleaning them up looking for an issue because there not looking very well.
So besides whatever those egg looking things our, I cut a few old stalks off and found a few roots growing out the top. I know thats not good but it wasn't much and I'm not feeling thats why they are looking brownish. I'll add alot of pics.
If anyone knows about these palm trees or not palm trees. Please fill me in. There is 3 of these.
I have taken care of them since spring last year. They were brought inside for the winter and was great outside and inside until now. Im very worried about one plant I found yucky slimy stuff in base inside stalk as I cut it off.
Thanks everyone
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Its well draining soil with mulch on top. This 2nd pic i removed some mulch so you could see this well. Im going to cover roots with little more soil for now. I really don't think it needs repotted? Maybe im wrong. Idk... why all these roots grew up the middle like this but they are in very large pots.

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Recovered roots.
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Pic , this is what i found in a tray under this palm tree. .. you can see its dry i cut back watering these plants and I haven't fertilized them since summer. But I found this mess in the water tray under plant.
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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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Feb 2, 2017 3:47 PM CST
I'm wondering if the problem might be waterlogged soil. When you water, make sure that the surplus water that comes out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot gets emptied out of the saucer. If you let the pot stand in water, the soil will be too wet and have not enough air for the plant's roots, so that might be why roots are coming to the surface. Too much water can also cause die-back on the tips of leaves.

I can't tell from your pics what you are referring to as eggs, but if they are little round things just in the soil they could be part of the potting mix. If they are attached to the plant, then they might be a pest waiting to hatch, in which case you should remove them and spray the plant with a house-plant insecticide.

Name: Elaine
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Feb 2, 2017 4:08 PM CST
Pamela, did you ease back on watering and fertilizing the last couple of months? Even indoors, plants get less light, and cooler temperatures in winter and they slow down growing. So they need less water and very little fertilizer.

The tips of the leaves browning like that could be from over watering or over fertilizing.

Can't see the white egg-like things in your picture well enough. Could you try again, see if you can get them in a little better focus? If you're using a phone, pull back a few inches, touch the screen where you want the camera to focus, then take the picture.

My first go-to if you're sure you have an infestation of some kind of bug is the mild soapy water spray. 1/2tsp. dish soap in a quart of water. Spray every surface of the plant, tops and bottoms of leaves, all the stems, and the soil surface. Next time you water, put the whole plant into the shower and give it a good rinse. Let it drain well before you take it out of the shower, and empty the saucer for sure.

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Name: Pamela Gregory
Md (Zone 6b)
Gardening A Perfect antidepressant
Feb 6, 2017 7:26 AM CST
I dont think its possible that it was over watered.. unless it was done prior to me buying the plant 4 weeks ago. All I have done is repot it and watered it 2 times since then which is about 2 weeks now. I didnt wanna over water it so I only gave the plant about 1 cup n half of water those 2 times. It was soaked the day I repotted it and I allowed it to dry about week n half before watering it the
first time after repotting the plant.

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