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Karen717

Help! My chamaerops humilis is Bowed over at the top, with multiple stunted spears coming out of the crown but none of them opening properly. While searching for pests, Ive found something that I can’t identify in any palm pest sites. On the trunk at the woody petiole bases, there are a lot of random small round brown things that look like a seed or egg. They have very thin shells, and most of them are hollow with a hole (indicating exit of a larva?). I’ve also spotted a few small white squirming larvae buried deep under the petiole bases. These shells are also littering the soil at the base of the tree. What pest could this be? I’ve been trying insecticidal soap. Or could it be a boron deficiency? (Similar spear problems). I’ve been doing a lot of internet research, but I don’t have much real world experience with These. They have been flourishing until the past year.

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kinzyjr

Hello @Karen717, you should have an easier time uploading photos.  If you can, that will likely help a lot.

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Phoenikakias

I can not imagine  a Chamaerops suffering from boron deficiency! They are extremely hardy palms growing in some habitats within very poor soil.

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27 minutes ago, Karen717 said:

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I'm not sure what the specific problem is, but if you have had this palm for some time now it should be acclimated.  Doubt that it's not getting enough water - maybe too much water in the crown from overhead watering?  Those small round things are old fruits from the palm.  It needs a male palm to produce viable seed.  Is the palm in a lot of shade?  Welcome to Palmtalk - I am sure you will soon have some good advice.

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PalmatierMeg

Needs lots more sun. All the other stuff in the yard has grown up around it and blocks its access to sun and air flow. It is also blocked/shaded by that Sabal encroaching on/leaning over it. Clear away some of the overgrown vegetation to give it access to the sky. Looks like it has received too much rain/water.

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