Pruned Fan Palm not recovering from Winter!
I've got 2 (California Fan I believe) Palm trees here in my backyard in Austin, TX.
They're a few years old now, and I've had them for just over 3 years myself. They were about 5' tall planted and now are about 7' tall in the ground, to the top of the trunk. I love these Palms and they really help me pull off my "backyard oasis" I've got going...
Anyways, my landscaper came and pruned the palms just before Winter. They had a bunch of dead and almost-dead fronds but he pruned them so badly that it was just 5 or 6 sticking straight up. They looked like onions or something.
So then Winter set in. We had a couple of freezing nights but nothing too crazy. These Palms are supposedly VERY hearty here for Central TX, anyways.
Well, after/during the Winter, they kind of stopped growing and browned up. All of my neighbors' Palms did the same so I think/thought nothing of it.
They kind of stopped growing even as we got into Spring here. My landscaper came back and trimmed up all the brown fronds leaving basically nothing but a few green stalks. He seemed to know what he was doing and I figure as long as there are healthy roots, it should be OK.
Now it has been about 5 more weeks and my one palm has grown all of its new fronds up (about 5 or 6) and they are straight up and just now fanning out. It looks like an onion again but on its way back to a full palm tree very soon.
The other palm, however, is not doing so good. I checked on the browned/clipped frond legs that had been green previously. I pulled two of them out - they kind of just came out actually, and connected to the bottom was this big ball of what looked like puss. It was light brown/tan in color and it looked very wet and sticky, like sap but not clear at all.
There is now just one remaining semi-upright frond leg, clipped, sticking up and out of the tree. No more have popped up and this one is clipped so it won't grow anymore I'm guessing.
I don't know what to do to save it, but I'm worried I need to intervene or else it is already too late.
I will try to get a pic posted later on if that helps!
I know this is the only forum on the web that is remotely helpful for garden/pool type questions.. You're a great bunch and thanks in advance for helping!!