Mexican Fan Palm Stunted Growth

jordanz(8A (Mojave Desert))July 27, 2011

So I have a total of 4 Mexican Fan Palms in my front yard. 1 of them I planted 2 years ago (it was about 10" diameter, 4 feet tall)...that one is now almost 1.5 foot diameter and 10 feet tall! It has done ridiculously good. All I do is water it 2-3 times per week, and use palm fertilizer twice a year.

I also planted a 6" diameter, 3 foot tall palm at the same time (2 years ago) in a huge pot. It didn't grow at all in the pot. It always had 1-2 little fronds, but they didn't move or grow for a year. So I put it in the ground like my big palm a year ago, and it still hasn't progressed. I use the same water/fertilizer schedule as my big palm. What do I need to do to fix it? It probably pushed up 1 frond per year if I'm lucky..VERY slowly. My big one probably pushes out a couple dozen fronds per year. How do I get this guy to grow?!

2 of the palms I just planted 2 months ago, they're tiny little 4" diameter, 2 foot tall palms. They're doing just fine.

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Sounds like it could be your soil--both ground and in the container. What's the soil like? Palms like a soil rich in humus that drains well. Something definitely wrong (I think my robustas must put out 2-3 new fronds per month at least. Mine are in large tubs and I water every day.)

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 4:04PM
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May have some root damage there,in which case it will
take a while to grow new roots...assuming there isn't
some fungal infection.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2011 at 5:16PM
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jordanz(8A (Mojave Desert))

Soil is very heavy clay here in the desert. Seriously like concrete trying to break through it. But I added probably 30% mulch/compost to it before planting. It's the same soil as all the other palms that are doing good. Do I need to fertilize or water less/more?

Maybe I didn't dig the hole deep enough? I loosened it probably close to a foot beneath the root tips. I may dig it up to see how water-logged it is. Should you let these palms soil dry out between waterings, or keep them somewhat damp?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 2:32PM
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jordanz(8A (Mojave Desert))

Any ideas on what I should do? What kind of water and fertilizer schedule do you guys use?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 6:03PM
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Just give it another year.. it will probably start to pick up.. some palms go into a funk if roots disturbed at planting and can take up to 3 years to come out of it.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 6:56PM
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jordanz(8A (Mojave Desert))

So it seems to finally be pushing up a new frond. Should I continue to water twice a week, or do more/less? What about fertilizer?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 6:33PM
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my mexican fan palm is doing the same thing and i planted it in soil amended with about half gravel and half native soil (very rich fertile soil) but I think my palm is growing even slower than yours! It has yet to make any progress!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 7:56PM
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