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Phoenix Roebellini - saving an unhealthy transplant?

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One of my neighbors offered me a free Roebellini, but they needed it transplanted asap.  So it is pretty anemic-looking and was in a spot with pretty dense shade and constantly wet soil.  I managed to get a pretty big rootball, just under 2' diameter and a bit asymmetric.  It's planted in a spot with full sun until about 2-3PM, and gets shade from a big Thai Black banana to the West side.  I planted it at about the same depth, though it did have some aerial roots growing about 4-8" up the trunk.  I rinsed dirt in under the rootball on planting it, to avoid any air pockets.  Initially I gave it about 1 "scoop" of Osmocote, but I know it's in pretty poor health to start with. 

Any suggestions on the best way to keep this one alive?  Give it some systemic fungicide?  Some diluted liquid fertilizer like 1/4 strength Miracle Gro?  Diluted Palm Nutritional spray as a soil drench?  Or just leave it alone and cross my fingers?  Here's the top slightly out of focus:

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And the crown with a night flash:

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The root ball looked surprisingly good and not mucky like I expected:

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And before I filled in around it:

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NOT A TA

Water it daily, big ole 5 gal bucket of water. Could have planted deeper but you could mound it if ya want.  It will brown some till it gets acclimated to more sun but should be fine without any special treatment IMO. The moss on the trunk will die off in the sun.

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Phoenikakias

it has far to many chances of survival in your climate!

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