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Washingtonia Palm Problem - Please Help!

Posted by jax_lexa North Florida (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 10, 12 at 17:26

Hi,

Our 3 palm trees have been planted for about 3 months. Initially they were tied up for 30 days and didn't look very good. We were convinced that it was from transplant shock. Once we took the ropes off, and trimmed dead branches, the trees look just fine for about 2-3 weeks. We watered first month every day for about 20 min, sprinkler system. Second and third month the sprinklers have been running 3 days a week. I got some palm tree fertilizer (5 lbs. container) and sprinkled at the base of each tree about 2 weeks ago but the trees seem to get worse. I checked the soil and it is moist. I keep reading online that Washingtonians are desert trees and don't need much water. I'm thinking about turning the water off for a week and see the progress. Also, does it look like my trees are over fertilized?

Thanks


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RE: Washingtonia Palm Problem - Please Help!

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RE: Washingtonia Palm Problem - Please Help!

The leaves show the results of damaged roots. In your case it would be transplant shock. Your number one priority is getting your trees to grow a new root system. Only focus on the new leaves that are being produced. Blackened leaf tips that later turn to straw color are signs of too much fertilizer in moist soil. Sometimes burnt spots will appear throughout leaves indicating fertilizer burn in drier soils.

Check your soil. It should be slightly moist for ideal root growth, not wet. I recommend Superthrive to help produce secondary root growth quickly.


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RE: Washingtonia Palm Problem - Please Help!

Thanks stevea07, how often do you recommend using Superthrive?


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RE: Washingtonia Palm Problem - Please Help!

I recommend drenching each tree with a mix of 5-10 gallons every two weeks until your soil temperature drops below 50F.


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RE: Washingtonia Palm Problem - Please Help!

stevea07, Aside from drenching each tree every two weeks, should I turn off sprinkler system completely for the zone with the trees?


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RE: Washingtonia Palm Problem - Please Help!

I think that you should be OK to water by hand held hose or sprinkler once a week since we are now going into the cool season. If you have pure sand, nearly devoid of organic matter under full sun, you may have to water twice per week.


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