How do I help this poor palm??
I bought a very pretty feathery table top palm that I believe it is a neathe belle palm that I've had for a year or more. It hasn't grown more than 12 to 16 inches high. When I bought it, I didn't realize it had spider mites. No other plant in our home has mites. I spray treated it several times, but I think I wasn't consistent and the mites kept coming back.
About a month ago, I had enough and went to war on those !*^#!!?@ bugs and started spraying it once a week, rotating with three different mite sprays. Examing it today after about four or five weekly treatments, I didn't find any mites on the plant and hope they're gone for good.
In spite of the rough treatment the plant is
still growing and about three or four new palm fronds are coming in. Problem is the old fronds look awful, some a sickly yellow and others tan and drying out. I'd like to refurbish the poor thing, but not sure what to do. If I cut off every frond that looks bad, the plant will practically be bald. The base of the plant doesn't look very good either.
If I cut off 1/3 of all the sickly looking fronds, will it stimulate growth with more fronds appearing? I don't know if palms respond like perennials or shrubs after being cut back. I'd sure appreciate your comments.