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How should I treat feeeze damaged Sylvester?


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First winter with palm trees. Most of the damage is already done on my Sylvester since there shouldn’t be anymore freezing nights.

The shorter tree had it worse than the taller tree, but just about all of the fronds are burned on my Sylvesters but some fronds are almost completely burned with a tiny bit green at the bottom of each frond and some are only burned half way down the frond. And the baby fronds in the middle are still green so they’re not dead. 

But how should I go about treating this in spring. Should I cut off everything except for the meristem or only cut the lower fronds? And should I spray fungicide or is there no need to. 



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I would remove the unsightly fronds. I always pour peroxide on the cut ends. Might as well dump some in the crown while your up there. Is it a recent transplant?

What kind of mulch is that? Move it back 8-12 inches from the trunk.

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Personally I just leave frost damaged palms alone until temperatures warm up and it starts growing in new fronds. I figure it will only shock the palm more hacking it up and also exposes it to disease. Also make sure to clean tools after trimming each palm. 

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