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Austin, Texas
Jul 25, 2017 12:42 PM CST
I'm having some trouble diagnosing what's wrong with my pindo palm trees. I purchased them a month ago and transplanted them into a slightly bigger pot. One seems to be going downhill with it's fronds constantly dying weekly. The other has some dark spotting, yellow tips and some dead/fried tips but it still looks healthy overall. I'm new to palm trees so I could be watering them too much but I have stopped the past few days. I just don't see the bad tree getting any better. Not sure how both are watered equally but one is doing so much worse. Past few weeks they have been watered 3 times a week for about 10mins with a mister that's attached to my irrigation system. So it's not like drowning the trees. Any feedback will help. Thanks.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jul 25, 2017 2:14 PM CST
Those symptoms are generic. I suspect that watering is the issue. I don't understand how you are watering with a mister, but I would suggest that you water thoroughly from the top with a hose or watering can. Allow the top inch or so of soil to get dry before watering again.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 26, 2017 10:40 AM CST
I bet there rootbound. I zoomed in on soil in second pic. I could see outline of of pot he use it be in. Water is running over rootball and down through new soil in pot. Roots are bound up and won't break out never ever. 😬
Take action soon. Pull them out and soak them in a bucket of water for 20 or more minutes. Then gently break up at least 1 inch of rootball.
New pots should be deeper than pots they came in. Then you want some well draining soil. I use equal parts of potting soil and washed sand. Not playground sand it will poison plants. Slightly dampen mixture and repot. Don't pack soil to tightly. Don't water in. Leave for 5 to 7 days before watering. Then water well. Good drainage is when water runs out of bottom in a minute, give or take.
I kind of dought than you'll have to water more than every 5 to 7 days maybe longer. There desert plants.
They can get fairly dry between waterings.
I'll let you go now !
You got some work to do !
Soon !
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Austin, Texas
Jul 26, 2017 1:59 PM CST
Thanks Philip. I believe you're spot on. I'm on it. Thanks! So you think the healthier tree is okay?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 26, 2017 2:51 PM CST
I believe. Both will pull through. 😁
The trunk is a reservoir of water.
Trim all the dead and allmost dead frons off. So they dont sap energy.
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