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Stephanie888

Hello. I was hoping someone here would be able to answer a quick question for me please. I have two Robellini Palms in my front yard and recently they started producing seeds and making a mess all around the trees so I asked my gardener if he could please remove the seed pods from under the trees. He said he would, but when I came home, I was actually shocked to find that he trimmed all the lower fronds from the palms and did not remove the seed pods at all.

I instantly reached out to him to ask why he did not remove the seed pods and he said because those seeds are going to become new fronds and the brown parts will just fall off on their own. I cannot find any information on this online so I am unsure if it is true or not but it does not sound accurate to me. Furthermore, I found out online that if you trim Robellini Palms to look like a 'rooster head' like what he did, it can actually cause the tree diseases or even cause it to die. So now I'm freaking out a bit because I love my trees so much and I'm terrified that they are going to catch a disease or die or that the fronds will not grow back because I loved the way those trees looked before.

I guess I'm just looking for answers on this. Do the seeds really turn into new fronds? Also will my tree's fronds grow back and will the trees be okay? Thank you so much for any answers you may have for me, I truly appreciate them. Below are images of what the Robellini Palms look like now as well as the seed pods.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q184/Suigrey/20180512_094813_zpsol6liclb.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q184/Suigrey/20180511_193323_zpsxejgh25x.jpg

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kinzyjr

1) No, seeds do not turn into new fronds (on the same plant).  The only new fronds that will come up are going to be the multitude of new baby palms that will result from them.

2) Cutting live tissue on a plant can spread disease, but rest easy.  Phoenix roebelenii don't have the disease issues to the extent some other phoenix sp. do.  The fronds will grow back eventually, faster if it continues to rain in Florida the way it has.

 

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Silas_Sancona

Someone wasn't truthful, to put it nicely.. One big reason a lot (most) of members here do their own pruning /care for palms in their collections..

No, the seed stalks won't turn into new fronds.. Nor will any trimmed fronds grow back. All new growth starts in the center. Robelini are pretty tough palms so ..as long as they are left alone, should put on new /full growth in no time.  Seed stalks are independent structures and could have been easily removed without touching fronds you'd wanted to keep on the palm.

Recently had a similar incident  happen with the landscaper who cares for my grandparents yard back in CA. Didn't listen to requests not to trim a fully loaded (with fruit) Strawberry Guava. It has taken a few years from when id planted it for it to reach the size it was..  Glad i'm not currently there.. Someone's job would be on the line. 

 
-Nathan

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Palmsbro
7 minutes ago, Stephanie888 said:

Hello. I was hoping someone here would be able to answer a quick question for me please. I have two Robellini Palms in my front yard and recently they started producing seeds and making a mess all around the trees so I asked my gardener if he could please remove the seed pods from under the trees. He said he would, but when I came home, I was actually shocked to find that he trimmed all the lower fronds from the palms and did not remove the seed pods at all.

I instantly reached out to him to ask why he did not remove the seed pods and he said because those seeds are going to become new fronds and the brown parts will just fall off on their own. I cannot find any information on this online so I am unsure if it is true or not but it does not sound accurate to me. Furthermore, I found out online that if you trim Robellini Palms to look like a 'rooster head' like what he did, it can actually cause the tree diseases or even cause it to die. So now I'm freaking out a bit because I love my trees so much and I'm terrified that they are going to catch a disease or die or that the fronds will not grow back because I loved the way those trees looked before.

I guess I'm just looking for answers on this. Do the seeds really turn into new fronds? Also will my tree's fronds grow back and will the trees be okay? Thank you so much for any answers you may have for me, I truly appreciate them. Below are images of what the Robellini Palms look like now as well as the seed pods.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q184/Suigrey/20180512_094813_zpsol6liclb.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q184/Suigrey/20180511_193323_zpsxejgh25x.jpg

Seed branches do not turn into fronds.

Seeds --> New Fronds on palm (I would FACE PALM if someone told me that)

It'll take a while for your palms to grow new fronds, but they will do so.

I've seen a lot of palms in this area trimmed to almost nothing and they came back, but this stunts the palm's growth somewhat and is not good practice to any extent whatsoever.

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Darold Petty

Welcome to Palmtalk !  :)

You need a new gardener.  The seed pods will not become fronds.  Over trimming of the older fronds is detrimental to the health of the palm.  Palms are poor in the uptake of mineral nutrition from the soil and it has been demonstrated that palms recycle nutrients from the older, dying fronds to the newer growth. Therefore if one cuts older fronds prematurely the palm is robbed of its hard won nutrients.  Don't cut off green foliage, only yellow or brown, and try to maintain a hemispherical profile to the crown of fronds. 

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Jeff Searle

Its a shame your gardener is literally from the bottom of the barrel. In all my years, his knowledge is about as low as you can go. Anyway, all good information stated above. And usually.....like almost always, your palms will be fine and the threat of getting sick is very minimal. A big welcome to the forum and many of us would enjoy pictures of your yard or neighborhood.

Jeff

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