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Need advice after spear and frond pull


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Hey all,

I planted 5 mules last year and they've all been doing great. One started slowing down but nothing drastic. But we had a super wet intro to spring and it slowed way down. Finally fronds started browning and dying 3 weeks ago. I finally grabbed the spear and it pulled right out. The next day I gave the newest frond a tug and it pulled out easier the the spear.

I call it a spear but this particular plant never really pushed spears. More like a 4 inch spear and then it would start separating at that height and the frond would grow out from there. Not like the others that would push a two foot spear before separation. (I don't know the word for going from spear to frond.)

So I've been putting peroxide down the hole but I just realized it's not draining. Anything I pour down there stays in a nice cylinder of liquid. I've pushed paper towels down there buts it's really deep and I don't know if I'm getting it all. I can't imagine it staying wet down there is good.

Here are two pics first of the Palm next to its healthy neighbor and second is the hole left by the spear and frond pull. Is it worth saving or should I admit defeat and start over?


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Ouch . . .

But not the end of the world.

Looks like you did the Peroxide Dance. Also dose it with some "copper fungicide" (often sold for rose culture) and, if available, some daconil.

Then, pray.

If you lose them, plant them on a mound for better drainage and see if that helps.

Let us know what happens, good or bad.

Mules rock the house, hope you can save yours!


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I will bet it survives...........just treat hole with daconil once a week....it will push a new spear soon. I had two mules do the same thing this year....both pushing new growth....patience grasshoppa!

David Simms zone 9a on Highway 30a

200 steps from the Gulf in NW Florida

30 ft. elevation and sandy soil

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Alice did you have to do anything to try and keep the inside dry? We're getting a lot of rain and that thing fills up with water and it just sits.

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I'll bet it will be ok. One of my mules did that from cold and wet, and it took a couple years but it grew out of it. Just be patient. I'm glad I was...

Are you in Fla? Here in CA our summers are dry.

I wonder if there is a way to get it to drain, aside from beheading it? The existing canopy is nice, I'm sure. I wonder if a vertical cut along the length of the hole would be advantageous for drainage?

Oakley, California

55 Miles E-NE of San Francisco, CA

Solid zone 9, I can expect at least one night in the mid to low twenties every year.

Hot, dry summers. Cold, wet winters.

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I've looked for somewhere to maybe make a drain hole of some sort but don't see anywhere i would be comfortable putting a slit or hole. I guess it's just rolled up paper towels dipped down the hole for now. I'm in South Central Texas, our summers are normally VERY dry but we're having some freak wetness this late in spring. I can't complain much though, it will be nice not starting summer already in water restrictions.

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