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What "indoor" Palms can be root pruned?

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I just repotted a Dypsis lutescens/areca that have not been doing to well last couple months. I noticed it was a little rootbound so i decided to straighten out the roots and wash of a lot of the hardpacked soil in the rootball. Was able to get out a lot of the soil, but not all and i pruned away 1/5 of the roots on the bottom. Mixed up 50/50 Coco + bagged compost with some perlite and planted it back in the container. 

Now my doubts are starting to creep in a little... Can D. Lutescens be root pruned without too much shock or death? Also what other common indoor palms can this be done to? 

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Philly J
On 3/29/2021 at 1:18 AM, Palmfarmer said:

I just repotted a Dypsis lutescens/areca that have not been doing to well last couple months. I noticed it was a little rootbound so i decided to straighten out the roots and wash of a lot of the hardpacked soil in the rootball. Was able to get out a lot of the soil, but not all and i pruned away 1/5 of the roots on the bottom. Mixed up 50/50 Coco + bagged compost with some perlite and planted it back in the container. 

Now my doubts are starting to creep in a little... Can D. Lutescens be root pruned without too much shock or death? Also what other common indoor palms can this be done to? 

I ripped apart a Dypsy two weeks ago.  I took great care to separate the roots but it’s still in shock. 

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Palmfarmer

I see, Mine is looking kind of bad right now some days after, but should pull through and be healthier in the long run considering how much hard packed soil was in the rootball. I guess the only thing to do is water like a maniac. I got a clump though

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PalmatierMeg

I go out of my way to avoid breaking/cutting the roots of any of my palms to the point I will sacrifice a pot before I will hack the roots of any palm I really care for. I would never cut away 20% of a palm's roots to repot it. I killed a whole Vietnam Dwarf Dypsis lutescens by trying to separate the stems ("That's easy," I was told). Took me years to find a replacement. I kick myself to this day.

You can't treat palms like they were woody dicot trees. Their root systems aren't the same no matter much they look alike.

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Palmfarmer
1 hour ago, PalmatierMeg said:

I go out of my way to avoid breaking/cutting the roots of any of my palms to the point I will sacrifice a pot before I will hack the roots of any palm I really care for. I would never cut away 20% of a palm's roots to repot it. I killed a whole Vietnam Dwarf Dypsis lutescens by trying to separate the stems ("That's easy," I was told). Took me years to find a replacement. I kick myself to this day.

You can't treat palms like they were woody dicot trees. Their root systems aren't the same no matter much they look alike.

Fortunatly I dont care too Much about this one. I have had so much problems with Dypsis lutescens in general and they sell a clump for nothing here. 

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Philly J

Ok so I lost one of the two but the other has turned the corner I think!  First successful dypsy separation for me.

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Palmfarmer
6 hours ago, Philly J said:

Ok so I lost one of the two but the other has turned the corner I think!  First successful dypsy separation for me.

Great it worked out, the one in the photo looks nice, got some size. I got a clump of over 20 inside and another i dug up today with around 10 much bigger ones from my garden and put in a large pot i will be keeping outside. I will plant a Triangle palm in its place. Allways had trouble with Lutescens outside in my soil. just to be sure i will replace a ton of soil around the Triangle just in case it hates Sandy Clay as much as the lutescens.

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Philly J
5 hours ago, Palmfarmer said:

Great it worked out, the one in the photo looks nice, got some size. I got a clump of over 20 inside and another i dug up today with around 10 much bigger ones from my garden and put in a large pot i will be keeping outside. I will plant a Triangle palm in its place. Allways had trouble with Lutescens outside in my soil. just to be sure i will replace a ton of soil around the Triangle just in case it hates Sandy Clay as much as the lutescens.

Nice!  I really envy the outside growers that’s for sure!

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Rickybobby

I had success with Adonidia Merrillii root pruning and it was fine 

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