Sherrie S
Sherrie S
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Asked on Jul 10, 2012

Plant death - Pindo Palm

Sherrie SLourdes Perez TorresDouglas Hunt
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I have 2 Pindo Palms next to each other. One is perfect & the other has black on the fronds on all sides of the plant. Should I remove the one with black fronds or just cut them off. The color on the two palms are very different.
Only top of frond is ugly
Only top of frond is ugly
another view of destruction
another view of destruction
15 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 11, 2012

    Sherry, the pindo is generally a trouble-free palm, so I'm surprised you're having this problem with yours. Blackening leaf tips are usually a sign of too much alkaline salt in the soil, but if the plants are side by side I don't know why one would be affected and the other not. Do you give them a good palm fertilizer? You can certainly cut back the black fronds and see what happens. If the problem persists, I would call in a tree person before you give up on your pindo.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 11, 2012

    Douglas, I guess my trees are mad at me - the Queen Palm that looked bad died. I did give both Pindos palm fertilizer. What is alkaline salt? I will have a semi-professional look at it tomorrow. If he doesn't know then I will find an arborist. Thank you for your help. I'll let you know what I find out.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 12, 2012

    Sherrie, they are salts that are not neutral. You can counteract them by watering in iron, gypsum or sulfur into the soil around the palm. (Sorry to hear about your queen palm. A pindo, however, is far more valuable. Let's try to keep it alive!)

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 13, 2012

    Douglas H, my sprinkler water is high in iron and magnesium which most plants like. I asked a company to tell me what the problem is. I really love the Pindos. I'm waiting for their answer.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 14, 2012

    Good luck, Sherrie. I'll be interested in hearing what they say. Pindos are great palms. I have one in the middle of my front yard.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 14, 2012

    Douglas, the company I called hasn't responded.....BAD! I noticed other Pindo palms in my HOA also have some black. Do you think an arborist could help me? I want to keep the tree if possible.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 15, 2012

    Yes, I would make the call to an arborist. Perhaps it is fungal. But better to head off the problem before it gets worse.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 15, 2012

    I just remembered that I have a wonderful local nursery with very knowledgeable owners where I can take a frond & get an opinion. Do you have any arborist you recommend?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 15, 2012

    Sherrie, the guy I use is Ray Jarrett, 386-295-0481. He's an ISA-certified arborist, and very involved in the Volusia chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, so he will not do anything BAD. If you're too far outside his area (he lives in New Smyrna) he could probably recommend someone. But good idea to take a frond to a good local nursery.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 15, 2012

    Dougles, I'm going to skip my local nursery & go directly to the arborist. I want the best answer I can get & thank you so much. Maybe he can tell me what happened to the queen palm, too. I really appreciate your help.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 16, 2012

    Good luck, Sherrie. Let me know what he says.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 18, 2012

    Douglas, Ray recommended a person closer to my home. She was great. She told me to cut off the black fronds because it appears the tree is in good shape. Just to be safe she took a few fronds for testing. We also discussed the dead Queen Palm & she felt it had been a lack of water that started the problem. I'm replacing it with a Pindo. She thought she might need to do a soil test but decided the yard was in great shape & I didn't need the soil test. Thank you so very much for the referral.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 19, 2012

    You're most welcome, Sherrie. Good news on the pindo front. I'd take a third pindo over a queen palm any day!

  • Lourdes Perez Torres
    on Mar 8, 2016

    What is a good fertilizer for palms and bamboo?

  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 8, 2016

    @Lourdes Perez Torres I can't recommend any brand for palms so I just give my Pindo and other palms something made for palms. Bamboo grows naturally here with no feeding. I don't use a lot of chemicals on most plants/trees.

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