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Sabals dying at Mercer Botanical Garden


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I visited Mercer today. They lost most palms in Palmaggedon, but the Sabals were largely spared. I was shocked to see a dead Sabal minor 'Louisiana' (two trunks). I also noticed the same thing with Sabal 'brazoria' - two trunks, one dead, the other dying.

Anyone have the inside scoop? Think this has to be some pathogen. Doesn't bode well for their beautiful Sabal uresana, mexicana, and palmettos.

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Could it be this drought were going thru. I lost one of my double s. minors to neglect moving it closer to its final spot. It definitely didn't want that much sun.

T J 

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T J 

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On 7/30/2023 at 8:07 PM, OC2Texaspalmlvr said:

Could it be this drought were going thru. I lost one of my double s. minors to neglect moving it closer to its final spot. It definitely didn't want that much sun.

T J 

Could be, but I doubt it. The rest of the garden is full of gingers and other tropicals. They are watering well. 

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If the symptoms are the lower leaves dying at a fairly fast rate and progressing towards the spear, it could be Lethal Bronzing Disease.

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