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Recovering Windmill with in-grown spears


Ijendu Obasi

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A year ago severe abuse was given my cherished windmill palm due to careless negligence on the part of roofing contractors at our community school. There was a spear pull which I thought was the end for the palm. I learned that windmills often develop a new spear in time so I let the palm alone for a year. Recently I saw spear growth that seems to be growing inwardly like an in-grown toe nail. Anyone have any experience with this? Any observations or suggestions?

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I have seen this happen multiple times when Sabal palms were cut and new shoots grew out looking like that, it usually resolves itself when the second spear pushed through.

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5 hours ago, John2468 said:

I have seen this happen multiple times when Sabal palms were cut and new shoots grew out looking like that, it usually resolves itself when the second spear pushed through.

John is correct I have a S. Tamaulipas that made a double crown (dual growing points) from one root system but one growing point I had to manually pull out of the dirt (it was growing downward into the pot) and get it pointing over the edge of the pot, it is now starting to grow normally but it is taking a while to open the knurled frond that looks like your pic.

I also ordered two 3 leaf seedling sized S. ‘McCurtain” and one came deformed like your pic but it is now opening up normally and has a nice thick trunk for a baby Palm, I believe it will be quite a specimen someday given proper time to right itself.

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