Can I stop my Madagascar Palm from Going Dormant?
I bought a Madagascar Palm a few weeks ago and it's only about 10 inches tall in a 10" diameter square pot, with smaller succulents or cacti located in three of the other corners. I put a combination of sandy/rocky/potting soil in the pot.
I made the mistake of thinking that indirect light in my breakfast room would suffice but it started loosing leaves so I put it outside where it gets a lot of diffused and a good bit of direct sunlight almost all day. I am careful to only water it every couple of days and only then a sprinkle, but I have noticed that it continues to slowly drop leaves (turning yellow then brown) and I'm starting to panic. From earlier posts I would presume that unfortunately it was tricked into going dormant by being placed inside, but that was only for a few weeks. And it's only mid-July and here in Texas we've got several more months of hot weather!!
So here are my questions: Is there nothing I can do to keep it from continuing to loose leaves? And if it does in fact loose them all, should I take it in for the winter months until next spring or should I leave it out all summer? My second question is, I had planned on moving it inside to that same breakfast room spot for the winter months (where actually it WILL get a few hours of direct sun during those months). Is this a good location for wintering? Should I treat it differently during the winter if all its leaves fall off now mid-summer???
Thanks for your advice everyone...