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Washingtonia robusta pot bound

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LunaBlue

Hi, new to the forum and palms in general. 

I got this washingtonia robusta and was acclimatizing it when it started yellowing several fronds. I was super careful about watering, so couldn't be an overwatering issue. Possibly also shipping stress?

Today I pulled it out of it's pot and turns out it was pretty root bound. And as such was not getting enough water maybe. Untangled the root ball a bit and potted up. Well draining potting mix.

Any advice on how to help it survive? It will go out for the summer once the weather will be warmer. Location Estonia, so will stay in pot.  Currently it is in the corner of east-south facing window. Is getting some hours of sun. I have read that they are pretty tough, so hope will keep on growing.

Second question: does robusta usually grow side shoots? Or is this some multi trunk cultivar? Getting two new shoots off the main stem. 

Thank you! 

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JLM

Washingtonia are 100% solitary, so they will never produce offshoot. The only way you would see a double or triple Washingtonia is if they were installed into a group planting or if multiple seeds were germinated in the same pot and never seperated. Not sure what your other plants are in the pot but they dont look like any type of palm.
Will need to buy a larger pot, not too much larger than the current one but definitely bigger.

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LunaBlue

@JLM Thank you for your advice! That's why I was surprised about the new growth as it is supposed to be solitary. I had a closer look and one of the shoots look like it was a wider stem (5 cm wide) that was cut off and this is the growth from the middle of that stem, so probably case of multiple seeds. Will trim these. 

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JLM
3 hours ago, LunaBlue said:

@JLM Thank you for your advice! That's why I was surprised about the new growth as it is supposed to be solitary. I had a closer look and one of the shoots look like it was a wider stem (5 cm wide) that was cut off and this is the growth from the middle of that stem, so probably case of multiple seeds. Will trim these. 

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Looks like whatever nursery you got it from cut the other palms that sprouted in the pot with that one, and they are coming back to life. If it wouldnt be such a task, i would try to seperate them, you would have 3 washingtonia, but that would be pretty difficult at that size.

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LunaBlue
4 minutes ago, JLM said:

Looks like whatever nursery you got it from cut the other palms that sprouted in the pot with that one, and they are coming back to life. If it wouldnt be such a task, i would try to seperate them, you would have 3 washingtonia, but that would be pretty difficult at that size.

Yeah, not impressed with the nursery since I specifically got single stem to avoid separating.

Just separated some kentia palms and too soon to go through that again, especially with this root ball.  Wouldn't know even, where to start.

Any thoughts on what will happen with the smaller palm roots, if I trim them? Wouldn't they start rotting eventually and cause damage to the main palm?

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Philly J
22 hours ago, LunaBlue said:

Yeah, not impressed with the nursery since I specifically got single stem to avoid separating.

Just separated some kentia palms and too soon to go through that again, especially with this root ball.  Wouldn't know even, where to start.

Any thoughts on what will happen with the smaller palm roots, if I trim them? Wouldn't they start rotting eventually and cause damage to the main palm?

Killed my two larger Dypsis Lutescens that I separated from their clump.  I feel your pain and I don’t want to do that either.  I have an alpha and omega in my pot and I don’t think I ever want to separate unless one is diseased and killing the other 

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LunaBlue

@Philly J Yours look good. How old are they? I guess I would consider separating yours since they are still young.

I would love to have Dypsis lutescens, but can't imagine separating those twenty-something clumps as they are usually sold. Have to consider growing from seed, though some patience is needed. 

 

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Philly J
19 hours ago, LunaBlue said:

@Philly J Yours look good. How old are they? I guess I would consider separating yours since they are still young.

I would love to have Dypsis lutescens, but can't imagine separating those twenty-something clumps as they are usually sold. Have to consider growing from seed, though some patience is needed. 

 

Thanks!  Just under a year, so all decent fan  growth has been under a grow light during my Saskatchewan winter.  They are so so so ready to see real sun for the first time in their lives LOL

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