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End of ‘Stuck’ Queen Palm


Almisa

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A few weeks ago I asked for advice on my Syagus Romanzoffiana under another post (Droopy Queen). It was planted a year and a half ago and lost a few fronds but had not grown or shot out any fronds since about this time last year. After looking at the picture I posted, our knowledgeable friend on this forum, kinzyjr, suggested that it might be diseased and to pull it out. Personal inspection by Lou in St Augustine concurred, noting however that it was very strange that the remaining fronds were sparse but still quite green.  Today, their suspicions were confirmed. The tree snapped at its base, immediately upon the bobcat’s initial tug, water pouring out of the trunk. When the root ball was excised from the ground there was no evidence of poor drainage or insect infestation - it was actually a very clean hole and the roots were white!!  We dug out the hole, discarded some of the old soil and drenched the site with peroxide and a systematic insecticide just in case, before adding new soil and installing a nice fluffed out Sabal palmetto. Photos following:

 

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9a NE Florida: 2 Phoenix Sylvester; 1 p.robellini; 2 Bismarckia nobilis; 1 Trachycarpus fortunei; 3  livistonia chenesis; 1 Dypsis decaryi; 1 Rhapis excelsa; 1 Sabal palmetto; 1 (double) Copernicia alba; 1 Chamaedorea catractarum 1 Licuala grandis, 1 Beaucanea recurvata, numerous cycads, tropicals, orchids. Winter 2022/23 Low 25F

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9 minutes ago, Almisa said:

A few weeks ago I asked for advice on my Syagus Romanzoffiana under another post (Droopy Queen). It was planted a year and a half ago and lost a few fronds but had not grown or shot out any fronds since about this time last year. After looking at the picture I posted, our knowledgeable friend on this forum, kinzyjr, suggested that it might be diseased and to pull it out. Personal inspection by Lou in St Augustine concurred, noting however that it was very strange that the remaining fronds were sparse but still quite green.  Today, their suspicions were confirmed. The tree snapped at its base, immediately upon the bobcat’s initial tug, water pouring out of the trunk. When the root ball was excised from the ground there was no evidence of poor drainage or insect infestation - it was actually a very clean hole and the roots were white!!  We dug out the hole, discarded some of the old soil and drenched the site with peroxide and a systematic insecticide just in case, before adding new soil and installing a nice fluffed out Sabal palmetto. Photos following:

Another one bites the dust.  A palm snapping off like that is a good indication you got it at the right time - before a hurricane snapped it for you.  :) 

Hope the Sabal palmetto does well for you. 

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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1 minute ago, kinzyjr said:

Another one bites the dust.  A palm snapping off like that is a good indication you got it at the right time - before a hurricane snapped it for you.  :) 

Hope the Sabal palmetto does well for you. 

Right??? The season and coming winter is exactly why we were becoming concerned. Thank YOU with your eagle eye, We are quite pleased with the Sabal. 

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9a NE Florida: 2 Phoenix Sylvester; 1 p.robellini; 2 Bismarckia nobilis; 1 Trachycarpus fortunei; 3  livistonia chenesis; 1 Dypsis decaryi; 1 Rhapis excelsa; 1 Sabal palmetto; 1 (double) Copernicia alba; 1 Chamaedorea catractarum 1 Licuala grandis, 1 Beaucanea recurvata, numerous cycads, tropicals, orchids. Winter 2022/23 Low 25F

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