Is my palm tree doomed?

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I have a large potted palm tree. When I brought it indoors for the winter, I noticed small white spots. I am using rubbing alcohol to fight whatever it is but there are so many and it is a large plant. Is it hopeless? Should I be trying something else?
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  • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Jan 17, 2016
    Post a picture of the spots. Are they on the trunk or leaves? What kind of palm is it?

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    • Iri3854223 Iri3854223 on Jan 18, 2016
      Thank you so much!!!! I will give that a try!!!!!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 17, 2016
    Prior to bringing the plant inside did you spray for insects?You stated white spots but that could be a number of things.Do you see any webbing on the fawns?Is the palm browning out? I would recommend repotting the palm into a larger pot. Maybe changing out the soil will eliminate your problem. However without seeing a closeup picture it is hard to tell.

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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 17, 2016
      @Irishellen2 Please let me know the outcome.

  • Sheri L. Putnam-Cline Sheri L. Putnam-Cline on Jan 17, 2016
    It could be mineral build up from fertilizers.

  • Vicki Leak Vicki Leak on Jan 17, 2016
    It looks like mealy bugs, a piercing sucking insect common on house plants. Go to a local garden center and purchase a granular systemic insecticide, or spray with an insecticidal soap.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 13, 2020

    Hi there, this might sound crazy but add banana peels and a little beer around the palm tree. Dig a hole near or at the roots and drop in 2 banana peels and cover. The palm will absorb the nutrients from the peels and the beer and the condition of the plants will GREATLY improve. It also helps keep the bugs away.