Ponytail Palm Crown Collapse!

Lindsay___August 15, 2013

Help! I left for a two week vacation and returned to find my ponytail palm crown had collapsed. My husband swears he watered it...so not completely sure about that, however I do know that it rained too. I am near the tropic of cancer and believe it is a zone 11, but not completely sure. It is very hot, around 100 and humid. The palm gets some sun, but not all day and has been fine until now. I am concerned about the soil less medium, since I thought it was a mix of soil and coconut, but have found out it is only coconut. This mix does not retain water, which I thought may end up being good. I can repot it to see if that helps with a mix of nutrient rich soil. It has a lot of new growth at the top which seems unable to support itself now.

There is also a chance that the nearby umbrella may have poured water onto the top when it rained and maybe damaged the crown. Just not sure???


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How about a pic of the center.

Is the base still firm?
Is the center still alive/green?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 1:40PM
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Thanks for the response! The picture of the center is att'd. The base is still very firm and the center is alive and green.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 1:42PM
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I just tried to sort out the top center leaves and found that one was dislocated from the plant and a few more were damaged at the center and I could pull them out. I'm not sure if there is damage there or not, the leaves are light green which may mean they are not healthy?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 3:15PM
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