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To fertlize or to not fertilize?


ChicagoPalma

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My not fully established palm is not looking the best and it looks like just some nutrient deficiency. and it has sorta spread onto one of the more spear-centered fronds. Anyways just wondering what fertilizer and when to fertilize. Our temps for highs will be lukewarm now, so highs and low 60s most to everyday for highs and a couple 50s.

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Here are some photos, you can see a magnesium deficiency clearly, I just hate this warm weather because it wakes up the palm and it also comes with wind days shredding and partially collapsing some of the frond leaflets and also the palm, it can’t take up nutrients because the soil is still too cold? Is there a way to warm up the soil like putting c9 lights in the ground or pouring warm water down the soil or is there some way to induce it back to dormancy? @Allen any wisdom since again you’ve been growing trachies for a long time?

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A little update today: I couldn’t wait to see what will be sprouting up so I went and checked out everything. bad news, elephant ears were mush and could only save whatever that had life. good news, I dug straight into a canna lily shoot when I was checking the cannas that I planted deep. Here is a photo of something that was still solid.

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37 minutes ago, ChicagoPalma said:

Here are some photos, you can see a magnesium deficiency clearly, I just hate this warm weather because it wakes up the palm and it also comes with wind days shredding and partially collapsing some of the frond leaflets and also the palm, it can’t take up nutrients because the soil is still too cold? Is there a way to warm up the soil like putting c9 lights in the ground or pouring warm water down the soil or is there some way to induce it back to dormancy? @Allen any wisdom since again you’ve been growing trachies for a long time?

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Current soil temps in your area are around 49 degrees. I think patience and general care are the way to go. Fertilizer might be pushing on a string.. 

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Elephant ears main bulb can rot and still come up from little side bulbs.  Mine look like that all the time and still come back so don't give up yet.  Fertilize when soil temps hit 65F with palmgain or osmocote plus outdoor/indoor.  Osmocote claims to release fertilizer around 70F.  My youtube has fertilizing info if you search it.

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