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Topic Title: palm fronds dwarf and not fully flushing
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Created On: 05/25/2021 06:57 AM
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 05/25/2021 06:57 AM
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sfds

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I have a handful of palms in my yard that have had their fronds dwarf where they are much smaller than previous fronds. Also, they spears never fully push all the way out and are "stuck" inside where they push out. Some I can see have a dark fungus looking growth up around where the fronds push out. Others dont. I have read a few things this can be. Looking for any info. Boron deficiency, fungus being two. Many other palms near the area that are not affected. I have sprayed with a fungus chemical and it did nothing. I am starting to conclude palms are like all other species and some are just weak and dont make it. any input would be appreciated.
 05/25/2021 11:07 AM
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Central Floridave

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Yup. Boron deficiency causes floppy heads. Borax can be used as a fert for boron. I think, google it first.

Look up ganaderma. hope you don't have that. Look for a mushroom conch in the trunk.
 05/27/2021 12:41 PM
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Coconuts

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Stunted leaves etc is a common effect of Winter, especially in potted palms, you'll notice this in Spring. When temps go below 60F plants cannot take up nutrients resulting in deficiency. Lots of times the problem corrects itself when temps warm up with no intervention. But sometimes fertilizer is needed.
 05/30/2021 07:31 PM
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ww

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Be careful of applying Borax. Too much can be poisonous.
 06/07/2021 01:31 PM
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sfds

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upon closer inspection, the palms are all ate up with atleast whitefly and possibly a beetle. Treated with bifen. Hopefully they recover and push some new growth this summer.
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