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meli
Oct 3, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Hello,
please help,
my Livistona Rotundifolia is dying.
I bought it in Ikea some month ago. Replanted it into a bigger pot (the previous pot was plastic, this is clay).
It started to dry already before re-planting, but after it it really started to dry, I had to remov almost all the leaves.
The roots don't grow at all, they stayed as they were in the smaller pot.

Can you give me advice please?

Mel



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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Oct 3, 2017 2:06 PM CST
At least in part, your Fan Palm is reacting to the repotting, which it did not need. The larger pot and added soil make it a lot harder to water properly. As long as the original rootball is still intact, you might want to undo the repotting that you did and move it back to its original pot. Once properly potted, there is far less risk of root rot. You can then water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels dry.

You didn't mention light and that could be part of the problem. When indoors, Fan Palms need to be directly in front of and close to a sunny window. Be sure to keep temps warm. Increased humidity will also help.
Will Creed
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meli
Oct 3, 2017 2:23 PM CST
Thank you for the answer.

I only repotted because the roots were going trough the drain holes, so I thought it may need some more space. Probably I chose too big pot.

So the fan palm can get direct sunlight?

Is it useful to give it plant food?
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Oct 3, 2017 4:58 PM CST
Roots wandering out of a drain hole is not a sufficient reason to repot, as is commonly believed.

Indoors, direct sunlight is just what your Fa Pam would like. (Outdoor direct sun is much more intense.)

Plant food is not medicine and will not help ailing plants. It is intended for healthy plants that are growing vigorously.
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