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Nov 18, 2017 2:10 AM CST
I have a palm tree (don't know the exact name)
The leaves have been turning brown and dull. Any suggestions why it's looking like this?
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Nov 18, 2017 7:46 AM CST
It looks like you have a Parlor Palm or Chamaedorea elegans. It is hard to say what has gone wrong without any information from you about how much light it gets and what your watering routine has been.

In general, Parlor Palms do best in very bright, but indirect indoor sunlight. They can be a bit fussy about watering. Allow the top inch of soil to dry in between thorough waterings. I also suggest you remove all of the dead debris from the surface of the soil.

Like most Palms, yours is prone to spider mites. It is hard to tell from the photo if they are present on yours, but you should check carefully.
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Name: Christine
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Nov 18, 2017 8:36 AM CST
Also, adding to what Will said, I would remove all the dead leafs so you can get a better view of your soil.
Nov 18, 2017 7:13 PM CST
Thank you for all your reply.
I saw this palm when I moved into our new house. It was located in a very dark, shaded area. No sunlight coming from that part of the garden. It's with some spider plant and mother-in-laws tongue. My husband decided to put it in a pot. Initially we place it in front of the house but it started developing brown leaves on the edges so we transferred it indoor in the bathroom. It was doing well with all the humidity. I water it every fortnight or even 3 weeks when the soil is dry. The leaves at the bottom acts as a mulch because the original area that we got it from is full of leaves around it. I've already check for any bugs but there's none.
Are palms generally a slow grower?

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