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Jzzar1
Jul 15, 2017 2:27 PM CST
So I had bought a coconut palm at the Home Depot. It seem pretty healthy
Came in with a very tiny pot for it's size and the tips of the leaves seemed a bit burned, and one of it's shoots seems to have rot, but other than that all seemed well. I took it home and gave it a new Larger pot and added regular garden soil and placed it close to a bright window. After a few weeks the palm grew two new leaves at the top. Few weeks after the new leaves grew I noticed that my palm had spider mites. So I separated it from the rest of my other plants and found a home remedy of spider mite pesticide (water, 3% hydrogen peroxide, dish soap). I would put this remedy on the palm everyday for a week and the mites all seem gone. On the final day of that week I noticed that the palm leaves started to go brown. Day after day the Browning of the leaves started to inch its way down the leave. The leaves don't get yellow and then start browning, they just turn brown nor do they feel dry. Since the mites gone I have placed it back in a sunny location and placed more dirt since the pot (since the roots were starting to stick out of the pot). But it seems to just get worse and worse. I don't over water the palm I let the soil dry a bit until I water it, and it isn't cold very hot and sunny since it's summer.

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DaisyI
Jul 15, 2017 4:51 PM CST
Welcome!

My children brought a coconut home from Hawaii one year. I potted it up and within a week, it grew! Six months later, it had leaves sticking out 8 feet in every direction.

Coconut palms require full sun. They get really big really fast. They need to be constantly moist (but with fast draining soil - think of the beach). They require high humidity. They aren't house plants. Take it outside and enjoy it until winter.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 15, 2017 4:57 PM CST
I should add... Don't take it from your house to the sun. It has to be introduced slowly to sunny conditions. Start by finding a place outside in full shade. Every few days, move it out into a more and more sunny position until you have it where you want it.
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plantmanager
Jul 15, 2017 4:57 PM CST
I agree with Daisy. Unless you live where it can grow outside, it's not worth messing with. They grow very easily in the right humid climate.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 15, 2017 7:36 PM CST
My 2 cents worth is that all palms will lose the bottom leaf as they grow more leaves on the top. So you shouldn't worry about that bottom leaf going brown. It's natural for that to happen.

Garden soil in a pot is also a problem, though. It compacts and won't allow enough air to the roots of your plant. Potting soil is what you should have used. But as the others have said, it's really not a house plant anyway. Unless you have a 2 story glass conservatory for it to grow in, you're going to have to give up on it fairly soon.

Outside while the weather is hot is the place for it. They grow in the tropics (and here in FL, subtropics) in the full, all day blazing sun. Your new leaves are really pretty pale, so the sooner you get it outside the better. Hose it off regularly to keep spider mites at bay, and keep it humid around the plant. Here, ours get rained on nearly every day.
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