Ask a Question forum: An ill Chamaedorea Metallica, yellow, brown and white holes.

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Feb 23, 2018 10:18 PM CST
Recently I've bought a Chamaedorea Metalica, it had, already, yellow leafs. The yellow areas are surrounded by brownish and dark borders, and, there are also holes on specific leaves, which are also surrounded by an almost black border. I was wondering what could it be, I like this plant very much and I think it's very unlikely that i'll find another one like it.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
Feb 24, 2018 2:43 AM CST

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The above post looks like it to me, but you will be able to tell better than I. It looks spot on to me. The link says it is an iron deficiency. I have never cared for a plant with this.
The link below will take you to recommendations for Iron deficiency.

In my mind it's not as bad as it looks. Let us know how it goes.

Good luck.

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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
Feb 24, 2018 4:58 AM CST
Looks like sunburn from being exposed to direct sun at some point. C. Metallica in habitat grow in shade to filtered sun as understory plants.
Keep the potting soil moist and misting the leaves tops and undersides will keep the Metallica happy and all future growth should look good.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Feb 24, 2018 8:52 AM CST
I don't see a serious problem here. A couple of the older, lower leave are beginning to deteriorate due to age. Some other leaves have discoloration that appears to be part of the natural variegation. Deteriorated older leaves can be trimmed off. There is no evidence of a disease or nutrient problem.

The photo is not sharp enough to tell if there is a spider mite problem. Like most Palms, this one is a favored host of spider mites.

Although it needs protection from direct sun rays falling on its fronds, it still should be no more than a few feet from a moderately sunny window. Water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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