Problem?....with new windmill palm.

shenue(z7 MD)July 6, 2014

I ordered this young windmill palm online. It has some rust colored areas on it (see picture). The new growth has a lot of the 'rust' on it. It is potted and on my screened in porch. It gets bright light and in the evening, a couple hours of sun. Can anyone tell me if this 'rust' is something to be concerned about and what may be causing it? My only experience with palms is the common parlor palm indoors, and they grow like crazy for me with very few problems. Thanks for any help/advice anyone can give to me!

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It is just normal fuzz on the leaf. A windmill palm would grow faster in more sun than on the porch.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 3:25AM
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shenue(z7 MD)

Are you saying the rust spots are normal fuzz? The rust areas are flat and smooth, not fuzzy or raised. There is a brown kind of fuzzy, fine 'netting' looking area around the lower part of the palm that I understand is quite normal. Is that perhaps what you are talking about? As I said there is nothing in the least fuzzy about the rust colored areas... totally flat and smooth. I will move the plant to the part of the porch that gets all the sun. Thanks for that information!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 8:01AM
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shenue(z7 MD)

I hope someone can give me a little more clarification on this. Thanks!!!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 7:31PM
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shenue(z7 MD)

Anyone? Please

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 7:40AM
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If the brown is just on the emerging spear and the newest frond, it may be some minor damage from the past winter. When the emerging spear opens up the damage can shows up as a band across the whole leaf. It should grow out of the damage as new fronds are produced.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 10:10AM
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It looks like a little bit of rot that started but has grown out of it. Probably caused by cold this past winter, too much water in the crown, or a combination of the two. As long as it's growing out of it, there shouldn't be a problem.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 12:47PM
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shenue(z7 MD)

Thanks to all of you. I very much appreciate the information.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:29AM
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