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Jeff985

One week ago I bought a Queen with about 10’ of trunk. It was field dug, root ball only. When I bought it all the fronds were cut in half. When I planted it it had six fronds. Theee of them looked like they might have been slightly yellow but I couldn’t tell for sure. One week later they are definitely yellow. The other three are still green and healthy looking. It has a spear that has started opening prematurely, which I’ve seen on queens before so I wasn’t too worried about. Yesterday when I saw how yellow it had gotten, I started poking around the root ball with a shovel handle and found an air pocket. I filled it in with palm and cactus soil. Should I be concerned, or will it be okay? I’m trying to submit photos but it’s saying 8mb maximum. I’ll keep trying and try to upload them. 

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Jeff985

This is two days after planting. 

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Jeff985

This is today, which is seven days after planting. 

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Chris Chance

I never dug a queen like that but I'm sure some fronds will die while it grows new roots. Probably wont do much growth for a while but as long as the spear is pushing it should grow back a new crown. Really time will tell.

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AZPalms

Being field dug with its roots cut it’s going to experience setback. The air pocket didn’t help but at least you caught it. I would keep it well watered until established. Where are you located? Queens are pretty tough. I had one blown over in monsoon here last year. I thought about removing it but I tilted it back up and it’s now healthy. 

In 6 months to a year I’ll bet it’ll have a full crown of healthy fronds. 

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Jeff985

Thanks. I’m in Houston. I’ve planted dozens of palms but this is the first one that wasn’t in a pot, so I’ve been kinda nervous about it. I expected some of the fronds to show some signs of shock but it really surprised me how fast this happened. In only one week three fronds turned completely yellow. When I bought it I looked at two different places and all the Queens except for two had all yellow fronds. That’s why I picked this one. Maybe it’s just catching up with all the others. Hopefully the air pocket I found was the only one and it will be okay. Like you said, queens are tough. 

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Allen

Palms like this take a year to get their roots going.  Then it will put out growth faster.  It will be shocked for a while.  Fronds kind of die off in proportion to roots lost.

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