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Weymouth, MA

July 15, 2009
3:27 PM

Post #6822469


I've had this palm (not sure exactly what type of palm) for a few years, given to me by my neighbor, who said to water it once a week and keep it out of direct sunlight. It was doing very well, living inside in the colder months and out on the balcony in warmer months, until this summer. The leaves used to be dark solid green, but now they are starting to turn a variegated yellowish color. We weren't sure if it was due to over or under watering, or something else. Can anyone help with this? We don't want to lose the plant.

Thanks very much-

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Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 15, 2009
5:45 PM

Post #6823055

that is a bunch of palms, actually.. Chamadorea elegans. Leaves are getting pale because you have a severe case of spider mites. You need to wipe all the leaves off with a damp cloth, spray with something for spider mites, and mist the leaves periodically. If there is good air flow and high humidity, you don't usually get spider mites... hard to have good air flow indoors, however, so you need to battle them with other techniques (eg. toxins, wiping the leaves, etc.). Wouldn't hurt to treat your palm with Miracle gro every 3-4 months, too.
Weymouth, MA

July 16, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6824487

Oh, thanks so much! I thought it looked like it was in the Chamadorea family after I perused the site. And I was afraid it might be something like bugs. The leaves didn't start to turn until we out it on the balcony, where you'd think the air flow was better, and then, it rained for about a month .. so that's odd. But thanks for the diagnosis - we'll get on it right away and see if we can nurse it back to health. We've been using plant food too, but we'll switch to MG to see if it helps.


Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 16, 2009
12:46 AM

Post #6824581

might also be getting a bit of sun burn

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