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xoRudy

I planted this Bismarckia on Sep. 27th, so it’s been in the ground for almost two months. Everything’s been growing really well. Three spikes have opened up into healthy leafs since I planted it. 
 

This evening I went out to check on it and I noticed not only did the new spike open up early but it doesn’t look health. Looks almost sunburned, or damaged by wind? 

Does anyone have an idea to what’s going on? Should I be worried? 

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Jim in Los Altos

Bismarck palms are EXTREMELY root sensitive. I hope you used some careful caution when planting yours. It often takes a couple of months for shock to show up on these. Just keep an eye on it. There’s nothing you can do if it’s shock other than the usual care to be given to a newly planted palm.

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xoRudy
11 hours ago, Jim in Los Altos said:

Bismarck palms are EXTREMELY root sensitive. I hope you used some careful caution when planting yours. It often takes a couple of months for shock to show up on these. Just keep an eye on it. There’s nothing you can do if it’s shock other than the usual care to be given to a newly planted palm.

The planting went well with the palm. I threw out the possibility of shock just because at least 3 spears have opened up beautifully before this one. I did not know shock was a factor months after planting.

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SEPalm

Looks kind of dry. How much are you watering?

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xoRudy
12 minutes ago, SEPalm said:

Looks kind of dry. How much are you watering?

I’ve been water every day since I’ve planted it. I live in Arizona by the way. I just cut down watering to once a week this week. Hasn’t had water in about 5 days.

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sonoranfans

I dont like the look of heavy organic soil with mulch on top.  IF you dont dry cycle a bizzie properly(stay too wet) you can kill it.  I grew 4 in AZ never watered them every day in the ground.  What is your drainage?  These palms are happy without all the organic ammendements if you have clay soil.  Organic top mulch is not appropriate there, grainite rock(1/2 to 3/4") works much better, much better.

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xoRudy
6 minutes ago, sonoranfans said:

I dont like the look of heavy organic soil with mulch on top.  IF you dont dry cycle a bizzie properly(stay too wet) you can kill it.  I grew 4 in AZ never watered them every day in the ground.  What is your drainage?  These palms are happy without all the organic ammendements if you have clay soil.  Organic top mulch is not appropriate there, grainite rock(1/2 to 3/4") works much better, much better.

How long should I wait between waters on a bizzie? Also, sadly I do have clay soil. What can I put in my soil for better drainage? 

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sonoranfans

I think you need to check drainage before you plant and adjust so that when you fill an 18" diameter hole 18" deep it drains just about completely in 8 hrs.  If you soil wont do this, you have to be real caregul about watering and use a surfactant to help brake things up.  I use aerify plus soil conditioner when I think I somehow put a palm in a spot that was too wet.   If your soil is tough to penetrate drive a few metal rods into it before applying the aerify.  You will need to use it repeatedly to break things up.  Bismarckia dont line being continually wet in the cool season, they will die from that.  Understanding the site  is an important part of planting, espeically when you have clay in some areas but not others.  IF you have all clay you will save time and get better palms if you repare the site and add sand and perlite into a hole 3-5x bigger than the ball.

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13 hours ago, sonoranfans said:

I think you need to check drainage before you plant and adjust so that when you fill an 18" diameter hole 18" deep it drains just about completely in 8 hrs.  If you soil wont do this, you have to be real caregul about watering and use a surfactant to help brake things up.  I use aerify plus soil conditioner when I think I somehow put a palm in a spot that was too wet.   If your soil is tough to penetrate drive a few metal rods into it before applying the aerify.  You will need to use it repeatedly to break things up.  Bismarckia dont line being continually wet in the cool season, they will die from that.  Understanding the site  is an important part of planting, espeically when you have clay in some areas but not others.  IF you have all clay you will save time and get better palms if you repare the site and add sand and perlite into a hole 3-5x bigger than the ball.

What is the aerify?

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Trava

Some chemistry that makes the soil without humus and earthworms suitable for root growth-renewal?

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sonoranfans

the main component of aerify is SDS, "sodium dodecyl sulfate" also called "sodium lauryl sulfate".  Its a very potent surfactant that helps break up clay.   SOmetime its used in minor amounts in laundry soap, but its much more effective as a surfactant than laundry soap.

7 hours ago, Phoenikakias said:

What is the aerify?

the plus refers to the use of humic acid and kelp in it so that it also stimulates soil microbes.  I just buy the aerify and humic acid separately, more bang for the buck if you mix your own.  Humic acid kills the bad nematodes and provides a soil chemistry balance that stimulates mycorrhizae growth.  

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