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Name: Karen Mcd Mcd
Orlando Fl (Zone 9b)
Aug 4, 2017 3:53 PM CST
We transplanted our Robellini Palm 6 months ago. I has been doing fine. There are 3 palm stalks. No discolored fronds..but one stalk suddenly lost ALL fronds and for 1 month has done nothing, remaining only an empty stalk with no palm fronds while the other two stalks have re blossomed with new fronds. What should I do?

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Name: Karen
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Aug 4, 2017 3:57 PM CST
That is odd. I think I'd be tempted to dig down very carefully around that dead branch to see if anything has eaten the roots near there. We have had grubs and weevil problems with them in the past when we lived in a climate like yours

There's no chance there was any weedkiller overspray? I've had winds take the spray to the wrong plants..
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Name: Karen Mcd Mcd
Orlando Fl (Zone 9b)
Aug 13, 2017 12:05 PM CST
No weed killer sprayed in the area...I don't use any in this grubs found at base of rootball. Could I simply cut this stalk off after a few months of waiting for new growth?
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
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Aug 13, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Karen, Check the crown of the dead looking palm for crown rot, you may have to trim away a little of the old leaf bases around the crown with garden pruners. Look for healthy tissue in the center of the crown. You can treat the crown with 3% hydrogen peroxide poured into the crown but 6 months may be to late.
Simply removing the dead palm will cause no harm to the other 2 palms.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Aug 13, 2017 3:07 PM CST
Yes, what Scott said. Look into the very center of the crown at the top. If there's no green growth tip, and no sign of healthy tissue, you should then remove the whole stem. If you see green, just wait and watch.

Did you remove a lot of the fronds when you transplanted these? For future reference, don't remove any green fronds. Just 'bundle' them with a rope or tape for the first month or so after planting, then release the fronds.

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Name: Karen Mcd Mcd
Orlando Fl (Zone 9b)
Aug 16, 2017 8:14 AM CST
Thank you new growth seen in the crown...I believe it is dead so I removed (cut down) this one stalk.

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