Hello folks. I have a bit of a unique situation that I’m hoping to get some sound advice on.
So about a year ago I ordered online a young Pygmy date palm. Here’s a little background story: my father was killed three years ago and he loved palm trees and so do I. So to honor him in a positive way I decided to put some of his ashes in the pot with my new palm tree. I live in Reno NV so it’s really no easy place for a palm tree to live. I moved the palm outside when the weather wasnt extremely hot or cold but when the extreme weather hit the palm was kept inside near a window. I watered it once a week. This last fall when I moved the palm inside it wasn’t looking too good. I used palm fertilizers and artificial lighting to try to save it but it’s completey dead now and heartbreaking considering my unique story. One by one the fronds shriveled up and easily pulled out of the base. I know a fungus killed my palm as there is a white mold growing on the soil surface. I want to purchase a new Pygmy date palm but I obviously cannot change the soil as that would be the best option to getting rid of the old fungus. What do you recommend for my new palm to succeed in the old soil?
I just bought some black lava rock - the kind that can be used in a gas grill - to cover the soil of a potted Adonidia merrillii (about 5' of bare trunk) so the cats can't dig/eat it (the soil). I'm assuming it's ordinary lava rock and will be harmless to the cats and palm. Thoughts? Sure looks nice.