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Is my Med. fan palm dead?

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lascapa

Hello. I have a Mediterranean Fan Palm thats been in the ground for 3 years. Last winter we had a rough winter, some 5 degree nights. The main stalk in the center is about 18 inches tall. It is rotted about a third of the way down in the center. Everything did pull out of the center.The four shoots coming out from the bottom still have some green. Do you think I can cut the main stalk off right below where it is rotted? And will the rest survive. Thanks.post-10147-0-83165800-1399500544_thumb.j

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Brad Mondel

It's possible if you cut all of the rotten parts off and apply peroxide to kill fungi and bacteria.

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lascapa

Thanks for the reply. I did pour some peroxide down the center of the palm. Do you think anything will grow back? Thanks.

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Patrick

Those small suckers look all right....

I bet they will continue to grow.

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Brad Mondel

It might. If the mother does die then at least you'll have the pups that are still alive.

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Jimhardy

I would operate...cut down an inch or two at a time with the trunk angle slanted toward to south(front low/back high),

if you do this you can look for live tissue,as soon as you find some(presumably)stop,if the palm is healthy you will see movement in a day or two.

It may die if left alone at this point.

Good luck!

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Brad Mondel

Yes, Jim is right. Saw down to living tissue and get rid of that rotton top!

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Alicehunter2000

Ditto

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paulgila

these things are hard to kill. I left one in a pot without soil for a year & it was still "alive."

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lascapa

Thanks for the replies. I did cut the top off. Should I spray anything on top to protect it? Like pruning spray or something.

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Brad Mondel

Looks good. No need to spray anything.

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WestCoastGal

Iascapa, please come back periodically to post update photos. Thanks and good luck with it. The pups look a healthy green. Is that really only about a week's worth of growth on it? Definitely a survivor. In fact with the main trunk out of the picture you should end up with a beautifully spaced multi-trunk palm.

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