have an indoor palm which looks like a tree fern only it is a palm.
It is dying the fronds firstly get brown edges and then the
whole thing drys out. It sounds like not enough water, I know, but
we are in Auckland and in the middle of winter the soil of the palm
has been quite OK to touch not dry. There are no visible
your description, I think this is a Parlour Palm. Is this palm in
a room with artificial heating, particularly gas, or a dehumidifier?
Palms enjoy moist, humid air. Mist the leaves regularly with water
or place pebbles in the pot saucer and keep topped up with water
which will raise the humidity around the plant. Keep the potting
mix moist, but not wet.
Palour palms tolerate
low light conditions; avoid placing in direct sunlight as this will
cause the leaves to burn, especially if it is through glass.
When repotting your palm
use a quality potting mix which contains controlled release fertiliser
and has good drainage. Soil compacts down, depriving the plant of
oxygen around the roots and will cause the symptoms you describe.
It is natural for the
lower leaves of palms to turn brown and shrivel up. Remove them
with sharp scissors.
Take your palm outside
and give it a good soaking, and regularly mist the leaves.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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