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#1 Ken A

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:30 AM

How can we help otherwise heathy palm fronds open? Mine seem to get long but take forever to open - perhaps 3-4 months after maximum length obtained. Temperature 80-90+ degrees F, good sunlight with western exposure.
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#2 osideterry

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:28 AM

My Kentias are taking forever to open, with some spears "glued" together. I've been spraying the spears weekly with Neem Oil, and they seem to be opening as a result.

For the most part, I don't think your supposed to force the issue with them. The first fronds after winter are always goofy... pushing out open, spear doesn't want to open, etc. Mine are still affected by last year's freeze, and each trunk is one ugly leaf and a spear.
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#3 Ken A

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:38 AM

How can we help otherwise heathy palm fronds open? Mine seem to get long but take forever to open - perhaps 3-4 months after maximum length obtained. Temperature 80-90+ degrees F, good sunlight with western exposure.


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#4 Ken A

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 09:45 AM

Thanks for the information and suggestion... I will search & find our what "neem oil" is. Typically, I only get over winter spears like you described & they take until winter to open leaving an ugly trunk with just one or two pretty fronds until Sept-Oct. so they can look good in the garage over winter!

I am hoping to get some more feedback in addition to what you have offered as well!

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#5 osideterry

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:02 AM

I'm not sure where I got the idea to try a horticultural oil... possibly from this forum. Volk or any horticultural oil would work just as well. I'm positive my kentia spears opening is from the oil.

I'm sure others will share advice and experience. I wouldn't try manually opening the spears by hand.
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Zone 9b/10a, Sunset Zone 22
7 miles inland. Elevation 120ft (37m)
Average annual low temp: 30F (-1C)
Average annual rainfall: 8" (20cm)

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:03 AM

Neem oil is traditionally used as an insecticide/fungicide for which it works incredilble well. It should be available at any big box like Lowe's. That is where I got mine. But, I have to think that the main ingredient needed here is plain old water.
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 12:53 PM

Terry,Off-topic but great new Avatar.You should copyright it.
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 01:34 PM

Bubba - I can't because it's an actual gas station sign. I drove by it one day and thought "hey, that's my new avatar!."
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Zone 9b/10a, Sunset Zone 22
7 miles inland. Elevation 120ft (37m)
Average annual low temp: 30F (-1C)
Average annual rainfall: 8" (20cm)

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 03:00 PM

I think you just let them open on their own.
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:08 PM

Anytime I get a spear that wont open, I attribute it to "growing a larger ring" in the ringed trunk species. It seems like sometimes my palms will get a wild hair and grow a really long spear, and it just wont open, then when that same frond gets removed, the ring it forms is usually a little wider. (yes ive spent the time to test this, bored i suppose)
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