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Possible spear jam on Archontophoenix Alexandrae

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kinzyjr

I commented on a few other threads that my archontophoenix alexandrae looked fine after our 28F advective freeze in January.  Some leaf tip burn, but overall healthy.  About a month later, I noticed the spear starting to get brown streaks and gave it a tug.  There was some movement, so I gave it a sharper tug and it came out with the entire bottom being brown and mushy.  I peroxided the hole, and it bubbled profusely.  The next day, I sprayed the hole full of copper fungicide.  One side of the crownshaft had a brown streak on it, probably from cold/wind damage.  At this point, that brown streak is splitting from a bulge in the crownshaft. 

Surgery necessary on this one to clear a jam?

Anyone have any input? 

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Palmsbro

Can you peel it back and see without damaging the palm (the living parts I mean)?

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kinzyjr

@Palmsbro I could probably peel the frond to the right off without too much tissue damage using my trusty light saber, but I have a feeling the only way I'll find resolution on this issue is just to bite the bullet and perform the surgery.  As it stands, the palm will not live if I don't figure out a way to get it to move a spear after the spear pull, so if I lose it then it was lost anyways.  If it goes, I'll probably put a phoenix theophrasti there in its place. 

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kinzyjr

Post-surgical picture:

 

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Palmsbro
51 minutes ago, kinzyjr said:

Post-surgical picture:

 

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I hope that it lives. That center (the top part) doesn't look very well-off.

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MattyB

Cut it down to fresh white meat and hit it with hydrogen peroxide.  You should be able to tell if it's growing within a few hours.

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RedRabbit

Good luck man, it would be a shame to lose it. I really like the look of Archontophoenix but I've repeatedly struck out with them. They don't seem to be a good match for the climate here. 

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kinzyjr
1 hour ago, MattyB said:

Cut it down to fresh white meat and hit it with hydrogen peroxide.  You should be able to tell if it's growing within a few hours.

Thank you, @MattyB.  I'll finish cutting and disinfecting tomorrow.  With the rain moving through, the mosquitoes are taking no prisoners tonight.

3 minutes ago, RedRabbit said:

Good luck man, it would be a shame to lose it. I really like the look of Archontophoenix but I've repeatedly struck out with them. They don't seem to be a good match for the climate here. 

Thanks man!  If it doesn't, I'll probably just replace it with one of my phoenix theophrasti.  I was very surprised that it started declining after it showed relatively little damage for that nasty freeze, but I knew right away what had happened when the spear started to get a brown streak in it.  Time will tell, and I'll keep this updated.

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DoomsDave

Whoa 

Radical surgery

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kinzyjr

As a closer to the thread, I did trim what was left of the palm down, but anything I trimmed was brown.  I decided to cut my effort and my losses dig it out.  Put one of my phoenix theophrasti in the hole and filled it in.  I appreciate the guidance from @MattyB and the well wishes and comments.

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GottmitAlex

Best of luck Kinzyjr. I think you got this 

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