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New member and first time posting.

Last spring I planted 3 palms from PDN Nursery 2 were rated more or less hardy for my zone and 1 was more of a gamble.

The gamble Sabal miamiensis looks rather dead.

The others Trachycarpus fortunei 'Dwarf Delights' and Trachycarpus fortunei 'Bulgaria' seemingly sailed through the winter beautifully apart from the rabbits eating the leaves from time to time. Even a few weeks ago the new growth appeared green and healthy.

Today the spear on Dwarf Delights was brown and dry and pulled out easily, it was no longer attached. The rest of the plant is green and healthy and the trunk is firm .

I have seen some recommendations to apply hydrogen peroxide when there is spear pull, or will the plant push out new growth on its own since we are in mid-April and it looks healthy. Would it be helpful to attach a photo ?

The other Trachycarpus Bulgaria looks fantastic..


Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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Yes to pictures 

Zone 6b maritime climate

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1 hour ago, GASguy said:

I have seen some recommendations to apply hydrogen peroxide when there is spear pull

Welcome to Palm Talk ! Hydrogen peroxide is always recommended once you spear pull. You will most likely see some fizzing after you pour down the cavity. Wait a couple days then use daconil or copper fungicide. Try to keep the spear pull dry or covered of rain in the forecast. Trachies grow out of spear pull very easily. 

T J 

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Did you provide protection & supplemental heat to these tiny juvenile palms at all? Plan on doing so next winter unless you are committed to growing palms as annuals only and have unlimited funds to replace them every spring.


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