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Young Ravanea Lakatra growing leaf but not the stem?


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I have a 3 yrs old Ravanea Lakatra , the new leaves grow without the stem, the stem isn’t growing at all. Is this related to nutrient deficiency or other? 
I have seen the same in my Huge Licualas while the stems are normally much longer ??? 
I really appreciate some knowledge to help me out. Thank you . Attaching pics. 
 

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No idea, but I'll put my two cents in. When a spear doesn't push out all the way, there may be a culture issue in the pot. I bought a 12 gallon palm knowing that it had not thrown a  new spear in a while and the newest leaf is half out, like your top pic. It has a fungal infection that I am treating with hydrogen peroxide.  I also put it in a new pot. I don't think yours has a nutrient deficiency. The leaves look healthy. I would check your watering schedule and the soil, although your media looks fast draining. New leaves can also be affected by changes in light. More light can make the newer leaves shorter. Hopefully, yours will grow out soon. Mine seems frozen in time, but I've only had the plant a month. Good luck.

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Thank you for your input. How do you treat it with hydrogen peroxide? Tomorrow I will change the pot and the soil. I haven’t since 2 years.  Do you spray the roots to disinfect them or how should I do it? 
Regarding the light it sits in shade in front of all the other palms, but really prefers to get abundant light. Have seen a positive differenc in changing the spot. Normally If they get too much light the dark green leaves get brighter. I might stop watering too often.  I thought to be nutrition deficiency that it can’t push the stem out. 
And there is little info available about this issue.

Let me know how it goes with your palm, pretty sure in spring we will see changes. I keep you posted how it goes with mine!!  
 

 


 

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Old Post on Hydrogen Peroxide

I had a spear fall out, not pull out of a Pseudophoenix sargentii with several feet of trunk yesterday. So, there's a hole up there on the top of the palm. I got a ladder and poured half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide down the hole. When there's an infection, there's a lot of bubbling. Today, I poured a mix of Daconil down the hole. I guess it's a wait and see and treating it every few days with hydrogen peroxide like you would a bad cut. I haven't had the chance to see if hydrogen peroxide works. From what I've read, it's possible to treat a crown infection, and a new spear may result after the infection subsides.  Of course, it's better to treat the problem before it gets to that point.

The other palm I rescued is on the patio so it doesn't get too much water while it heals. That spear is not loose, and I hope it grows out of it's problem. I'll try and snap some pics. There's been a lot of rain here in the last month, and that may have caused a problem with the P. sargentii. Have to wait and see.

 

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Be patient, there is nothing wrong with your palms. These are typically slow growing when young…they looked healthy and vigerous. 

Tim

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Tim

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Thank you Tim, I added some nutrients and put her in the sun for a couple of days and it seems to work. The stem is coming slowly out! 
I really don’t want to lose this palm. Growing it from a microscopic palm leaf and it has come to grow! But wow how slow this one grows is mind blowing!! 

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On 10/15/2023 at 10:35 PM, SoFlo said:

Old Post on Hydrogen Peroxide

I had a spear fall out, not pull out of a Pseudophoenix sargentii with several feet of trunk yesterday. So, there's a hole up there on the top of the palm. I got a ladder and poured half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide down the hole. When there's an infection, there's a lot of bubbling. Today, I poured a mix of Daconil down the hole. I guess it's a wait and see and treating it every few days with hydrogen peroxide like you would a bad cut. I haven't had the chance to see if hydrogen peroxide works. From what I've read, it's possible to treat a crown infection, and a new spear may result after the infection subsides.  Of course, it's better to treat the problem before it gets to that point.

The other palm I rescued is on the patio so it doesn't get too much water while it heals. That spear is not loose, and I hope it grows out of it's problem. I'll try and snap some pics. There's been a lot of rain here in the last month, and that may have caused a problem with the P. sargentii. Have to wait and see.

 

I have never used hydrogen peroxide on my plants, did not even know to be an option against fungal infections!! Thank you for the tip!! 

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On 10/11/2023 at 10:03 PM, SoFlo said:

No idea, but I'll put my two cents in. When a spear doesn't push out all the way, there may be a culture issue in the pot. I bought a 12 gallon palm knowing that it had not thrown a  new spear in a while and the newest leaf is half out, like your top pic. It has a fungal infection that I am treating with hydrogen peroxide.  I also put it in a new pot. I don't think yours has a nutrient deficiency. The leaves look healthy. I would check your watering schedule and the soil, although your media looks fast draining. New leaves can also be affected by changes in light. More light can make the newer leaves shorter. Hopefully, yours will grow out soon. Mine seems frozen in time, but I've only had the plant a month. Good luck.

Sorry I overlooked your message! I put her in the sun a bit and put some nutrients and it seems to work. However in the spring I will use the hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the roots! I will also water less, she might not need that much water! Let’s see in spring! Thank you again for your tips! I really appreciate. 

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