King palm Problem

lbphathead19November 12, 2012

I just transplanted a double king palm from a pot. They are about 8 ft tall. The new growth is very green and fronds look healthy. However the stalk is soft almost feels moist inside. The stalks have a rubbery feel to them and the pieces that usually fall off are staying attached (this would mean the main stalk is not getting any bigger to open up. I will try to post pictures tomorrow.

Has anybody seen this problem or know what i can do to correct it.

Thanks in advance

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stanofh

I hate be the bearer of bad news..but soft crown shaft sounds very bad. On almost any plant..a shrinking trunk is fatal. King palms don't take being dug up well. But if yours is simply a big nursery bought plant..take it back-with receipt.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 3:58PM
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lbphathead19

here is a pic of the palm in question. Is there anything that would cause this or that might aid in possible recovery?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 12:31AM
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stanofh

The one on the left looks very stretched out. Was it kept in a low light area? If so,its going to take time to acclimate. One very good sign is that the crownshaft is green..not discolored.
If that "bandage" is covering anything gooey...treat with hydrogen peroxide. There are more expensive remedys..I just have never used them. The palm board at palmtalk.com people would know about using antibiotics and the like.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 11:56AM
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lbphathead19

Actually the white is not a bandage it is where the last piece of the trunk that falls of didn't completly fall off.

The section that is spongy is only about 3 inches long and feels almost moist inside.

Should i hold off on watering. It was transplanted about 3 weeks ago. Im in Southern california and temps are in the 60s and 70s right now.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 2:38PM
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lbphathead19

Here is a larger pic of the palm

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 1:50AM
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stanofh

They normally shed old leaf bases. Nothing to worry about. The soft and spongy sounds bad..but the Palm look normal, if a little on the thin side. It should outgrow the gawky look.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 11:46AM
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lbphathead19

I am hoping so. Should i water it or let it dry ou a bit. I really watered it well when I transplanted it.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 12:49PM
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stanofh

They love water. Unless we get a very rainy winter.and some mulch too would help. ALL things transplanted like mulch to keep the soil moisture constant and even. Cacti are exceptions of course!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 2:28PM
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lbphathead19

Thanks for the help I will keep you posted

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 3:36PM
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