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Help with this small Palm Tree

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by allendehl, May 15, 2010.

  1. allendehl

    allendehl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Hi guys,

    I recently planted this palm three(I dont know the particular name) and it was in perfect health.
    I just noticed it is turning yellowish in some parts. I'm attaching some pics for you to see.
    What can be causing this? How can I prevent it?

    I'm watering it between one and two times a day since its right by my new lawn.

    Thanks a lot




  2. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    Thats a Robilini palm. The last pic with the ywllow pods, those are seads. That palm is way to big for that spot. Gotta read the tags. That tree needs alot of water to get established. Field growers asso suggest 6-8 weeks of heavy water to get the feeder roots to move out from the ball. It also needs a palm fert. Not any other type but a palm fert. The lower leaves will yellow with age and should be trimmed.
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Better move that palm now!!!! Good by sewer pipes foundation and well it will be right against your house in no time!!!!

    BTW where are you, FL?
  4. The yellow on that frond is a nutritional deficiency. In perticular, Magnesium. The frond should NOT be trimmed off as it will push the deficiency further up the canopy. Roebellinii's typically have problems with Mg,K,Mn deficiencies and need to be corrected by using a palm fert. 4 times per year. You need to go to Lesco and get thier 8-2-12 Palm and Ornamental Fert. and apply around the dripline of the tree. Do NOT pile around the base of the trunk.
  5. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    and get some good gloves when you go to move it.
  6. allendehl

    allendehl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Really?? I've seen so many people with that kind of palm in my neighborhood that I never thought it was going to grow that much!! They all have it in the same spot, in front of that window...uff..thats not good news.

    I'm in the Miami area.
  7. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    You have to figure that is still a puppy. As small as it is, I bet the branches are already touching the house. That palm stay's small. That means a little taller than your house when full grown. Each leaf will grow about 4ft long. If one trunk is pointed towards your house, it will grow into it. If all the trunks are pointed away from your house then you need 4.5ft min from the center of the trunk to your house.
  8. allendehl

    allendehl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Wow..so the solution here is to pull out the palm?
    Right now its just around 2 or 3 feet away from the wall, and yes, the leafs are touching the wall.
    I wanted a small palm three to cover the front window. I bought that one because my neighbors have them and they look pretty nice there.
  9. capelawncare.com

    capelawncare.com LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,136

    They have some nasty "thorns" on them, be carefull they hurt like hell, when they go into your skin.
  10. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    Well if you dont mind the leafs touching your house and holding moisture as well as a ladder for bugs then it's fine. Or if you dont mind trimming every leaf off the back half every month then it's fine. Seen it done both ways. But as a pro, I would never, ever, do that to a client. Plants always look good when small. You have to read the tag. I can tell how many times I',ve seen a hibiscus that should be 8x8 in a spot 3x3. Or lantana that should be 3x3 in a 1x1. The over all result is fungus, pest, far less blooming, far more maint, more water, more fert, and eventual death. Then when you want to dig it out you have roots on top of roots.

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