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Northeast Florida
Jan 23, 2018 11:16 AM CST
We have some cat palms that are distressed by freezing temps. Lots of brown prawns. How should I treat these plants? Cut them back, leave them alone, or something in between.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 23, 2018 11:51 AM CST

Leave them alone. I know they look terrible but the freeze injured fronds are protecting the trunk and "heart" (the only growth tip at the top of the trunk where all the fronds start).

In my part of the country, we prune in the spring after new growth starts to appear. All that dead stuff is freeze protection.
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Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bromeliad Plumerias Dog Lover
Foliage Fan Orchids Cactus and Succulents
Jan 23, 2018 12:16 PM CST
Follow the instructions in the above post by Daisy. That is how we do it down here in central FL also. We are not out of the woods yet for another round of freezing temps.

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