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Brisbane, Australia
Kashew
Jul 3, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Hi, I have two palms, a golden cane and I don't really know the other ones name. The golden cane has white stuff on it's stems and yellow spots on young leaves. The other one's leaves are just going brown and dry. Can anyone help me figure out what am I doing wrong?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 4, 2017 1:40 PM CST
The foliage on the "other palm" looks a lot like a Coconut Palm. However, Coconut Palms are usually sold growing out of the Coconut itself which is planted in the pot. In addition, it typically has only one stem. So, I think the leaves may be the juvenile leaves of a Fan Palm. Fan Palms require lots of direct sunlight when indoors. It can be quite unforgiving of watering lapses. Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry and then water thoroughly. Overall, it looks pretty healthy despite the leaf tip browning that is hard to avoid.

Your "golden palm" is probably an Areca Palm. I don't see any signs of scale or mealybugs, so I would assume the droplets are a result of guttation and not a cause for concern. Arecas also require a few hours of direct indoor sun every day and require water like the Fan Palm. Use filtered or distilled water if your tap water is hard. They also prefer high humidity and are highly prone to spider mites.
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