May I ask a palm question, then? I purchased one recently and planted it in a nice, large pot. I have it in my living room. It is big and beautiful. I didn't pay a lot for it (paid far more for the pot!) and fell in love as soon as I set my eyes on it. Only problem is I'm noticing that many of the branches are browning. I've trimmed those down and started watering it more frequently and I think (hope?) that this is helping.
So, my question(s)... do palms require a lot of water? (I usually only water my houseplants once a week but started watering this one twice.) Is there something "special" I should be doing for it? It continues to sprout new leaves and many of them remain very healthy looking but I will be heart broken if it doesn't survive, even though its only been with us a few short months!
(I don't have photos but could take some if that would be helpful) Any help/suggestions would be very much appreciated!
You might be asking the wrong person, since I know very little about tropical plants being here in the middle of the heartland. When I had my Perry Palm I simply treated it as a houseplant and when it's fronds started browning, I cut them off. It lived for many years in spite of me. With the new one I have, I trimmed it's brown branches as well when I got it, and the difference now is that I have been misting it about every other day.
It made sense that perhaps it missed the coastal humidity that it did not get in my dry winter house. I have had it about 5 or 6 weeks now, and I see no signs of browning, though I do see new growth. I need to spend some time researching its care, but with the holiday season upon us, I haven't done that yet.
I'll share with you what I learn, though, if I find anything helpful.
And maybe somebody might see this thread and help us both.
Epsom salt, eh? That doesn't even sound nice! LOL!
I do like your point about the coastal humidity and the warmth in our house could be the problem, too. I'll keep watering twice weekly and see if it stays okay. Unfortunately, I can't "spritz" it since its on a hardwood floor and far to heavy to move for that!
I'll keep checking back, too, to see if anyone else chimes in!