Noticed that our largest royal is dropping individual strands off the fronds. It looks a little droopy compared to another near it. Any suggestions? Normal? Trouble?
Do I have a Royal Palm problem?
There is an entire frond that is getting ready to come off, but I've never seen one drop the individual strands before (sorry, don't know what else to call them).
They're the leaflets, looks like something is chewing them off. I get that happening with various tall palms but it never seems bad enough to affect the whole tree itself. There are some butterfly larvae that roll the leaflets and live protected inside. Of course they eat the leaflets as well. Sometimes I get half a frond chewed through and dropped to the ground. That's usually the Cockatoos doing it. I'd just keep an eye on it to see whether there's too much stripping of the fronds to the point of becoming a bit bare. Otherwise, nature has its way of pruning back without significant damage and plants can cope.
I hope you are right, Tropic! This is my FAVE palm. Thanks for the reply!
Found out there was a squirrel nesting in the tree and for some reason, it was chewing the leaflets off!!
At least the mystery's solved. Reminds me of one of Aesops fables.