I have a large Mule that has been in the ground in its current location since 2016 (see https://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/48668-moving-a-mule/).
It has been growing very quickly and robustly since then, with no indications of any problems that I have seen. Yesterday I noticed that the newest leaf spear emerging is completely dead and dry (see picture). The next-oldest leaf to its right appears OK as far as I can tell, though it has not fully emerged yet.
This is obviously not from cold damage, given that it is now October and we did not even have a real freeze last winter. Our early summer was slightly rainier than usual, but nothing extreme.
I'm a little depressed about this, since it has been doing so well for the past 4 years. I previously had a large Pindo in the same spot for almost 20 years. That one died after initially showing a similar symptom - the newest leaves all emerged dead. Eventually the whole palm died from the youngest to the oldest leaves, and the trunk decayed into a foul-smelling wet mess.
I'm completely stumped about what might have caused this, and whether there is anything I could or should do to save the palm at this point.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Quick question about my Mule Palm. So far its been growing great here in the desert, other than a few burnt fronds this summer. Its been putting out a new frond for a while now and I walked out this morning to the Palm looking like this. Is it normal that my new frond is too weak to hold itself up that it just falls over. The frond looks healthy and green. Or is there something wrong with the palms development? I've seen a few Mule Palms at home depot with the same "issue". Thank you.
Hi, Palm Lovers, palms fanatics, and palm friends:
I have really been getting some wonderful advice prior to my uprooting of a Pelagodoxa palm, temporarily containerising it, then having it over its transplant shock (hopefully!) by the time it is ready to have a way more pleasing home in my yet-to-be-constructed Central Alabama greenhouse in April, 2021. (Alas, this is my last storm season and winter in South Florida after 40 years here, so the change will be very significant!) At any rate, several members have given me: "gold standard" advice about HOW to extricate this 7 ft. tall Pelagodoxa, now growing quite well in our rocky SE Florida soil. It seems doubtful that the rootball will be much of a "ball" in this 100% fill land, but I will start the root pruning process next week. Plenty of rain has fallen in the last four days which was a delightful surprise, since this "rainy season" at my location was heretofore been pretty dismal. I had fertilised all my palms last Sunday, so this rainy pattern timing is wonderful.
My questions are three: 1, After cutting through each section of the planting zone methodically, would it be wise to prepare a solution of rooting hormone "tea" to pour on the dismembered palm root section? I don't really know what mature Pelegodoxa in-ground's roots look like: a tight ball like a coconut, or a more horizontal and spreading ball but with a big taproot? Would rooting hormone help the healing process, or is the benefit negligible? 2. When I finally remove the Pelagodoxa from its' rocky soil home, what should be my planting medium for this variety of palm, when it gets located into its 20-gal plastic container, where it will "live" for about 5 months, before putting it back into the ground, but in the rarefied environment of my new greenhouse? 3. It get full sun for 5-7 hours each day now in the South Florida heat; what exposure would be optimal for this beautiful palm now, in a glasshouse environment (that has an east-west exposure orientation? Thanks for all your great help and opinions everyone! You all a treasure to behold. I am so happy that you all are here, at Palm Talk, and I am not alone in my devotion to the growth of the healthiest palms I could ever grow! Thanks, so much, again! Andy.
I have a question for those of you who have taken an in-ground palm out of the ground and successfully containerized it. A Pelagodoxa henryii that was purchased in a 1-gal size 5 years a go from Jeff at Floribunda palms is really beginning to look beautiful at about 7-ft tall and each frond getting larger and more impressive. We will be moving out of the Greater Fort Lauderdale area next Spring, (after 41 years,) to Central Alabama (possibly Zone 8B,) and I am constructing a greenhouse (up there) to accommodate several of my favourite palms (like this specimen,) and a few tropical fruiting trees.
Since I have the "luxury" of time till the move, I wanted to extricate my now, very healthy Pelagodoxa quite slowly...from now till October, to prepare it for transplantation to (probably) a 15-gal container, so it will be move-worthy by March-April of next year, and then be reunited to earth...but in a greenhouse.
What would be the best way to sever its current (terrible) soil/rock connection to a container, then onto the greenhouse. Is root pruning a gentler way-to-go with this palm? What other steps should be taken to improve the odds for a successful transplantation process? Any first-hand advice would be treasured. Many thanks, in advance! Andy
Was driving through an established neighborhood in the Dr. Phillips suburb of Orlando and found this drop-dead gorgeous mule palm. One of the things I like about it is that the leaves are perfectly flat and not twisted as seen with many other mules.