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#1 OverGrown

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 08:17 PM

What causes this? The tree is doing fine. Trunk has looked good until the last couple months. It is possible it was getting more frequent watering b/c of nearby potted plants.

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#2 Tyrone

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 08:24 PM

That's the cause. More frequent waterings. Nothing to be concerned about.

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 02:35 AM

I have a few palms here with enormous, deep cracks in them. I was told that rapid growth is the cause, they get a spurt on due to something and grow too quickly and split. It might not look all that nice but it doesnt seem to harm them in any way. One of mine has had big splits for at least 7 years with no ill effects.
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Posted 05 December 2009 - 01:03 PM

Sometimes splits can be very disconcerting, but they're usually nothing to worry about.

They are particulary comon where a palm is grown in a more spartan environment, i.e., one in which the palm has limited access to resources, particularly where a palm is kept in a pot long after it should have been planted in the ground.

Many times, splits, divots and cracks will fill in over time.
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#5 Miccles

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 01:34 PM

I have two palms that exhibit this cracking in the trunks.... both are Archontophoenix.

The first is a triple Bangalow, where it has occured fin one of the trunks - and I agree, from too much sudden watering.

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#6 Miccles

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 01:40 PM

But the 2nd one (on an "AlBang" - Bangalow/Alex cross) happened after our February heatwave, and hopefully the picture shows the effect is much more dramatic that just cracking in the trunk.
The heat deformed the palm so much that it created a flat "face" along the trunk, as well as cracking. It is sort of like the palm semi caved in.

The other trunk on this double is fine, and both are back to producing normal leaves. Yet I worry that this damaged palm will have future problems, and besides that - it looks ugly. I am thinking of cutting the damaged one off and planting a Syagrus Sancona there instead !

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Just north of Cairns, Australia....16 Deg S.
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Spending a lot of time in Jakarta, Indonesia... 6 Deg S.
Tropical climate: from 25C to 34C.

#7 Tyrone

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 03:59 PM

Plant a bromeliad in the hole. :)

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It rains 6 months of the year and the other 6 months it continues dripping off the trees. 

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#8 Zeeth

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 05:43 PM

Weird :hmm:

I agree, if you don't like the looks, an orchid or bromeliad in the hole will patch things up.
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