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Sidmouth, Devon,
floella
Apr 21, 2018 10:58 AM CST
Can anyone help me? Firstly I don't know what this plant is so would appreciate if someone could tell me.
My problem is that for months and months it has been so happy, putting on lots of new growth, really healthy, dark green leaves and the little spikes of berry things. It is obvious that it has been really happy in its position (conservatory) BUT it has had mealy bug. I often take it outside to spray firstly with a hose to get most of the bugs off and then with an insecticide but i don't think i ever get rid of every last one.
Now the leaves are starting to turn really pale green and although it has only just happened I presume they with continue to turn yellow and then dye completely. What can I do about it and what is causing it? Don't understand why this has suddenly happen and I want to 'nip it in the bud' so to speak. Any advice much appreciated.

In picture it looks like the light bits (the leaves at the front of the plant/picture) are just a sun reflection but they really are just turning pale.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 21, 2018 11:06 AM CST
Welcome!

Your plant is a Parlor Palm or something closely related (Chamaedorea sp). What are you spraying your palm with? Are you doing it in the sunlight? It looks like it is getting sunburned, either from too much sun or from the insecticide you are using.
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Sidmouth, Devon,
floella
Apr 21, 2018 11:39 AM CST
Hi DaisyI
Thanks for your reply. I am using 'Baby Bio House Plant Insecticide'.
yes it does look sun burnt but it has been in the same position (which is very sunny) the whole time and has been so happy there. And all of a sudden it starts going pale.
Could it be too much water from poor drainage?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 21, 2018 12:26 PM CST
No, its not an over watering problem. Are you spraying your plant while its sitting in the sun? Or is it getting hit by a sprinkler?
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Sidmouth, Devon,
floella
Apr 21, 2018 1:36 PM CST
Yes it was in the sun last time i sprayed it. If that is the problem can i fix it or is too late? Unless I just didn't notice before, I think this has happened since I last strayed it. Oh dear!
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Apr 21, 2018 1:38 PM CST
Hi floella, Welcome!

I agree with Daisyl, your lovely plant appears to be the popular Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

The Parlor Palm is native to moist forests and rain forests of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize where it grows as an understory plant of taller shrubs and trees in areas where it receives bright indirect light but no direct sun.

If you don't feel that your palm has sunburned foliage or that it's a watering issue, perhaps it's just nature taking it's course? It's normal for older fronds to slowly fade, turn brown and drop before naturally falling off to reveal the stem.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Apr 21, 2018 1:42 PM CST
floella said:Yes it was in the sun last time i sprayed it. If that is the problem can i fix it or is too late? Unless I just didn't notice before, I think this has happened since I last strayed it. Oh dear!

That could very well be what caused the problem; when spraying a plant with insecticides in direct sun, the reaction of the chemicals and sunlight will cause yellow and dying leaves. You can clip off the affected fronds and the plant should recover.

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WillC
Apr 21, 2018 1:54 PM CST
Spraying with any liquid substance in direct sunlight will cause the foliage damage you are seeing. Spray only indoors or in deep shade or in cloudy weather outside.

The product you are using is quite potent and very toxic to the environment, especially aquatic species. If you have a mealybug problem, try a solution of 5 parts water, 1 part alcohol and a squirt of liquid soap. Get complete coverage of all leaf and stem surfaces. And never spray in direct sun.

The already bleached or damaged fronds will not re-green so you may want to cut them off.
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Sidmouth, Devon,
floella
Apr 22, 2018 4:39 AM CST
Thanks for all of your advice. I'm so angry with myself for doing this to my favourite plant. I hope it will bounce back.
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WillC
Apr 22, 2018 8:24 AM CST
The damage is only to the fronds and not to the roots and the overall health of the plant. New growth should be fine, so be patient and don't be hard on yourself. We all have done stupid things with our plants, usually out of ignorance or misinformation.
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