Problem with newly planted pygmy palms!

Bpetkus35(7)June 22, 2013

I know, I've seen a posting similar to this but I believe my circumstance may be a tad bit different.
I purchased these two pygmy palms about a month & a half ago. Brought home but waited approx two weeks(still beautifully growing in pot) before replanting in ground. Now a month later this is what is happening:
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FYI: Used a fertilizer/native soil mix as specified by nursery when planting.
Here's my different circumstance. I did not use your typical mulch or pine straw. As you see in the pics, I used sandbox sand. I'm from Florida and know that palms grow just fine in sand but maybe there may be something to it, I dunno.
This is Georgia and the palms in question have a zone rating for here. I did make sure of that.
Also, if you notice in the last pic, the vine type plant in between the two palms is having the same effect. Leaves are starting to brown on edges.
Any advice, yes?

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My thoughts are, that you have put the plants under rather a transplant shock.
I don't know what your "fertilizer/native soil mix" is comprised of, or how well drained etc. Or how big a hole you dug down and sideways before planting.
But the location now - and I'm assuming you have reasonable heat in summer - is that they are getting reflected heat off the house, the path, and also from the sand.
I have no idea what sandbox sand comprises, it probably varies from area to area of supply, but it may contain chemicals, or treatments... adverse to plants.
If you wanted a hard mulch I'd think better to go with some sort of gravel or stone - doesn't dry out so quickly and is hopefully inert.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 3:21AM
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Just so I didn't mislead you, I didn't mix the fertilizer with the sand. The fertilizer(Miracle-Gro Tree & Shrub, suggested by nursery) was mixed with the native Georgia soil. The sand was only added to top 1" layer with landscape fabric underneath. I have multiple palms and trees that were planted around the same time without any problems just not in the same section(about 10ft away) as the pygmys. The pygmy palms in question do have some sort of white powder covering all the fronds. You can wipe it off with finger very easily.
FYI; the sand was brought in by truck & was said to be white sand not to contain any chemicals but can you trust what some company SAYS.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 8:48AM
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