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Tropical Plants: yucca, yucca tree, ceramic pot
yucca tree, ceramic pot, green leaves: A close up of the leaves would be nice, it sounds like it is too close to the heating pipes and when they come on, the heat is radiating directly onto the plant; misting it frequently will help tremendously, but moving it away from those pipes would help also....

Tropical Plants: My aloe is in trouble, clay pots, four leaves
clay pots, four leaves, new leaves: Don t concern yourself with nutrients at this stage, the roots need to establish themselves before they will be taken up any. Once the plant turns around and the crown begins to show growth, then in the Spring you will give it a monthly fertilization with...

Tropical Plants: Bouganvilla plants, bouganvilla plants, coloured flowers
bouganvilla plants, coloured flowers, bracts: Hi Jen, prune them way back, and I mean to within 3 feet of the ground, this will stimulate new and healthy growth; Bougs tend to get very leggy if this isn t done once a year, usually in late Spring , so that by the time Winter arrives they have refurbished...

Tropical Plants: bouganvilla, climate zone, tampa area
climate zone, tampa area, pots: They should do fine in the ground anytime in Tampa, we have them all over here in Punta Gorda and your climate zone is only a number down from us, but the reason they are probably not doing well is either stress from too much water (how much are you watering...

Tropical Plants: Carnation of india, dead leaves, frostbite
dead leaves, frostbite, carnations: Hi Joanne,without actually seeing the extent of the damage it is difficult for me to assess the chances of its survival, that said, if there is still green showing and it continues to exist in a week, then the plant is still viable; if however, you see the...

Tropical Plants: Freeze hits Foxtail palm, foxtail palms, weather yesterday
foxtail palms, weather yesterday, cold stress: Hi Dillin, Time will tell, when a Palm is subjected to cold stress (as in this case..), it takes weeks sometimes months for the verdict, often they will shed the damaged fronds and send out new healthy ones, other times the crown will turn mushy and this is...

Tropical Plants: Carnation of india, fellow houstonian, carnation
Tropical Plants: Carnation of india, fellow houstonian, carnation, roots

Tropical Plants: fishtail palm, fishtail palms, dead leaves
fishtail palms, dead leaves, recent snow: Hi Robin, the only thing you can do is trim off all the dead leaves and keep it properly irrigated; if it is still viable it will continue to grow, but if the root system has been compromised it may not, only time will tell, its a tropical plant and snow doesn...

Tropical Plants: hibiscus tree/bugs, nursery containers, insecticidal soaps
nursery containers, insecticidal soaps, insecticidal soap: Hi Shelly, You need to change it out of its nursery container and repot it in a larger container with new potting soil; those black nursery containers are for transit from the nursery and are not meant to be permanent containers. I would need to see the...

Tropical Plants: Indoor palm ailments, indoor palm, spider mites
indoor palm, spider mites, speedy reply: It wouldn t hurt to change out the soil Cheryl, it should be done once a year anyway; just water the soil periodically so the root system doesn t completely dry out, but don t overdo it, misting the leaves is essential though, this will keep the mites away,...

Tropical Plants: Majesty Palms, majesty palms, frost blanket
majesty palms, frost blanket, home depot: Hi Barb, I wish you had inquired with me prior to purchasing the Majestys, they are Palms that really do better in a shady area, and I personally have had problems trying to get them to grow higher; they seem to just exist and never really reach any height....

Tropical Plants: Pony Tail Palm help, pony tail, permanent one
pony tail, permanent one, small stones: Hi Julie, you are watering it way too much; that bulbular bottom is a reservoir for water, and they need very little additionally. The second problem is it being kept in its original container, which is normally for transient purposes only and not meant to...

Tropical Plants: ponytail palm, cold stress, pony tail
cold stress, pony tail, ponytails: Hi Anghelika, it looks like it is getting way too much water, PonyTails are easy care plants, as long as you keep in mind that that big bulbular bottom stores water, and they need very little from you. Let me know how much water it is getting, for there isn...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm, queen palm, fronds
queen palm, fronds, frond: Hi John, Queens should always have a new spear emerging,,and as it unravels and the frond develops, a new spear emerges for the next one; if there is no emergence at all, then it would seem your Palm is in serious trouble. I would need to see an image to...

Tropical Plants: Stunted growth-Bangalow Palm, bangalow palms, wooden fencing
bangalow palms, wooden fencing, cold stress: Hi Megan , what you describe is more then likely a nutrient deficiency, or possibly the roots are in someway compromised (unable to expand any further or being cramped..). I would first try a foliar nutrient spray, they sell in concentrate and it is called...

Tropical Plants: sago palm, sago palm, peat moss
sago palm, peat moss, lit area: Hi Dan,dig, cut or snap them away from the mother and put them in a mixture of part sand and part peat moss; keep them in a well lit area and water them initially, then only when they are dry one third of the way down the pot. Use small containers, this will...

Tropical Plants: yucca cane frostbitten, yucca cane, rocks and gravel
yucca cane, rocks and gravel, proper irrigation: ...The Yucca needs to heal (if it is still viable..), forcing dormancy now, in its stressed condition, is not an option; cut away any damaged leaves and place it in a warm area where it can rejuvenate, just maintain slight irrigation (water when the soil is...

Tropical Plants: Bannana Palm Tree, banana plants, banana plant
banana plants, banana plant, soil area: Hi Melissa, I get very upset when I get a question about Bananas in containers; the claim by the sellers is that you can attain a bunch of Bananas from a dwarf Clannish (..which I am sure is what you have) and it is just not true. Banana Plants need a large...

Tropical Plants: Bougainvilla, brevard county florida, transplant shock
brevard county florida, transplant shock, boug: Hi Jay, the first step is to prune them way back, almost to a nub; then you will need to really take your time to dig up as much of the root system as possible. Once it is moved to its new location, water it well and then make sure the roots don t dry out...

Tropical Plants: banana palms, look dead?, mississippi gulf coast, corm
mississippi gulf coast, corm, pearl river: Hi Laurie, yes, cut them back to the ground and mulch them over, new growth will develop from the ground when the weather warms up; the crown was hit by the freeze, but the underground corm should still be viable, and I emphasize should ...if it is frozen...

Tropical Plants: bird of paradise, underground root, surface growth
underground root, surface growth, bird of paradise: Hi Lorrie, Birds have an underground root system called a Rhizome, its like a large solid root and all surface growth stems from it; You will do well to cut the cold damaged stems and leaves right back to the nearest healthy growth and new growth will indeed...

Tropical Plants: Croton, scale insect, cold snap
scale insect, cold snap, cambium: Hi Lyn, Crotons are pretty resilient, and if they shed their leaves its usually because of either scale (insect) or over watering; other causes could be a cold snap or something inadvertently leaching into the adjacent soil. Scratch the main stem and see if...

Tropical Plants: canary island palms, canary island palms, adequate irrigation
canary island palms, adequate irrigation, frost damage: Hi Ken, even though they are frost damaged, the new emerging spear is the determining factor to whether the palm is going to survive or not; the fact that it is still green is good news, all you can do now however, is watch and wait, while maintaining adequate...

Tropical Plants: Dessert Rose, desert roses, spider mites
desert roses, spider mites, rooting hormone: Hi Jackie, Desert Roses do not like much water, so if you are watering it , stop! and let it dry out completely (hence the rotting base..)...it is perfectly normal for it to shed its leaves when sprayed with any insecticide, so don t be too concerned about...

Tropical Plants: Florida plants that got frost bite, florida plants, time and patience
florida plants, time and patience, villages florida: Hi Pat, a common question coming to me and with good reason, people want their beautiful plants back, and this will happen, but its going to take time and patience; give it another couple of weeks and then you will begin to notice new growth. As new growth...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail palms, foxtail palms, pool enclosure
foxtail palms, pool enclosure, areca: Hi Pat, I m afraid not, they are not the type of palm that can be groomed to size, like an Areca or Majesty; they grow from the top unlike the previous two I mentioned that send out growth from the bottom, allowing you to remove the taller canes. You will...

Tropical Plants: Freeze protection for Roebelenii Palm, flood lights, cold temps
flood lights, cold temps, hi mary: Hi Mary, depending on its size, the only thing to do is wrap the trunk adjacent to the soil and place a couple of flood lights facing up the trunk, or even attached to the trunk facing up into the crown; the key is to lower the ambient temperature at the crown...

Tropical Plants: frost damage carnation tree and pigme palms, pigmy palms, pigmy palm
pigmy palms, pigmy palm, patience is a virtue: Hi Joan, I know your despair, I too (Port Charlotte) have the worse horticultural carnage I have seen since the freeze of 89; I am advising everyone concerned about this to wait, wait, and wait some more. The weather will turn warmer (eventually..) and new...

Tropical Plants: frost damage on plam that is in a pot, frost damage, plam
frost damage, plam, fronds: Hi Collette, it all depends on whether the root system was injured or not, and the verdict will not come in until the weather warms and everything begins to actively grow; the center spear is where new growth emerges, it is here that you will see viable growth...

Tropical Plants: Mature Transplanted Sago Palms, sago palms, scale insect
sago palms, scale insect, cold soil: Hi Cherie, providing they were transplanted properly, they are very easy to maintain; for the first couple of weeks they will need to be watered every other day so the roots don t dry out. You didn t mention where you are located, this is very important, for...

Tropical Plants: Pygmy Date Palm, pygmy date palm, right on target
pygmy date palm, right on target, inch pot: ...it sounds like it is extremely stressed from being in it original container too long, what you have done is right on target, but it may be too far gone to save; don t irrigate it too much, for the roots are already damaged and too much water will exacerbate...

Tropical Plants: Pygmy Dates and frost, pygmy date palms, foxtail palms
pygmy date palms, foxtail palms, grass lawns: Hi Mary, I know, I too had damage down here in Port Charlotte, but don t fret, beleive it or not, most will come back, but wait until you start seeing new growth before you begin pruning out the dead wood and fronds, this way you are sure to prune out only...

Tropical Plants: Trimming Main stalk of White Bird of Paradise, soil level, white birds
soil level, white birds, y section: If you cut the entire stalk (parent) it will not grow back, the pups are the ensuing growth; what you can do, to bring its height down somewhat is to cut the highest individual leaves(and petioles or stems). Trace the tallest leaf back to the main stem and...

Tropical Plants: Trimming & transplanting corn plant, corn plant, perlite
corn plant, perlite, vermiculite: Hi Sally, when you cut it, it will send out side shoots from the cut area and those will curl up and continue to grow in the same pattern as the original plant; you don t need to do anything to the cut, it will callous over on its own. If you want you can...

Tropical Plants: Use of golden cane palm mulch, golden cane palm, soil nutrients
golden cane palm, soil nutrients, compost bins: Hi Sandie,..It will make a fine underliner to hold down weed development, but I would lay a standard mulch over the top, for it will decompose pretty quickly; the nice thing is, as it decomposes it will help build up the soil nutrients. Many people use ground...

Tropical Plants: alamanda, vermiculite, central florida
vermiculite, central florida, humidity: Hi Sandy, the easiest way is to take tip cuttings, about 3-5 inch new growth and place them in a small container with moist vermiculite and a plastic bag over the container to keep in moisture and humidity. The container should be kept in a shadier area until...

Tropical Plants: Banana Palm leaf/frond discoloration, best root, palm leaf
best root, palm leaf, michou: Hi Michou, You can either cut away the discolored leaves or you can just cut the trunk below the bad growth and a new plant will form from the cut; this is often the best root, for it will develop nice green healthy leaves. Cold is definitely the nemesis of...

Tropical Plants: Banana Tree, banana trees, banana tree
banana trees, banana tree, peal: Hi Diane, if you want to keep them, just cut the trunk about 3 feet of the ground, and new growth will develop from the center of the cut, and a new plant will begin; this way, you eliminate the eye sore from that point up, and await a new lush plant to form....

Tropical Plants: Bananna Tree and palm plants, foilage, bananna trees
foilage, bananna trees, stalk: Hi Billy, The Bananas should have shown new growth from the cut pseudostem (trunk) within days (from center of cut..), the only reason this would not occur is if the Banana had already fruited; the new growth would begin with just an off white stem like growth...

Tropical Plants: BIG things on my palm, queen palm, seed pod
queen palm, seed pod, inflorescence: Yes, but you have to wait until they fall from the pod on their own accord, what will happen is a flowery mass will open from the pod, which will eventually turn into small seeds, which in turn will get bigger and eventually turn color and fall of the stem,...

Tropical Plants: Bouganvilla, boug, dry spell
boug, dry spell, bougainvillea: Hi Barbara, there is a fertilizer on the market for Bougs because of its low Nitrogen count, but any fertilizer with a low Nitrogen works fine, personally, I don t use any, and my Boug does just fine; Bougs put out a very colorful bract, (not a flower) throughout...

Tropical Plants: Bouganvilla, colored bracts, hey day
colored bracts, hey day, bougainvillea: Hi Eva,Bougs color best when stressed, and this means lack of rain or irrigation and cooler nights; here in Florida, their hey day is from November through March, when we have our dry, cool season. There isn t really anything you can do to encourage blooms...

Tropical Plants: Browning of Royal Palm Fronds at Tips, palm fronds, light freeze
palm fronds, light freeze, cold snap: Hi Bill, I am just south of you in Port Charlotte, and yes that cold snap we had in the beginning of Feb., was actually a light freeze, and many of the Palms are showing stress from it; eventually those fronds effected will shed themselves and the new emerging...

Tropical Plants: banana palms, soil level, root system
soil level, root system, mush: Hi James, first of all, Bananas are tropical by nature, and freezing temps will definitely to them in from the soil level up, the only thing you could do to attempt to maintain them through the winter is indeed cut them back, but then the reduced pseudostem...

Tropical Plants: bouganville, colored bracts, nitrogen fertilizer
colored bracts, nitrogen fertilizer, mild dose: Hi Shanna, Bougs do not remain in color perpetually, it is normal for the colored bracts (the actual blooms are the tiny white center parts of the bracts) to shed and at times disappear completely; as long as the plants is healthy and is not given too much...

Tropical Plants: Chamaedorea trimming, areca palms, majesty palms
areca palms, majesty palms, backyard fence: Hi Lucy, I am assuming they are either Areca Palms or maybe Majesty Palms, in either case they will need to be addressed from the bottom up for proper pruning; many people just go in and begin shaping or trimming the top in an attempt to reduce their size....

Tropical Plants: crotons, adequate irrigation, crotons
adequate irrigation, crotons, leaves: Hi Marcia, whatever is viable will stay attached and needs to be left alone, Crotons will shed leaves that are no longer functioning by themselves. The plant needs all its viable leaves right now, because it is stressed and needs all the help it can get with...

Tropical Plants: Dracaena Marginata, yellow leaves, marginata
yellow leaves, marginata, warning sign: Hi Melanie, its a normal reaction to an increase in irrigation, but nothing to be overly concerned with; bottom leaves yellowing is normal, but if you begin to notice problems further up into the crown then that would be a warning sign. Water them once a week...

Tropical Plants: desert rose, florida hurricanes, dead tissue
florida hurricanes, dead tissue, ringer: Hi Shelly, it sounds like it went through the ringer, but be patient, you did the right thing cutting it back and cutting out all the dead tissue; they take a long time to rejuvenate, so all you can do now is wait and see, and don t water it! they require...

Tropical Plants: Fish Tail Palm Cold Damage, areca palms, palm image
areca palms, palm image, fishtail palm: Hi Frank, same goes for the Bird, cut the melted sections off, but do so by removing the entire stem from the area where they are all joined, your new emerging growth from the center should fill in nicely for you, and within a couple of months everything will...

Tropical Plants: mango tree growth, pineapple mango
Tropical Plants: mango tree growth, pineapple mango

Tropical Plants: frost damage, florida landscape, leaf growth
florida landscape, leaf growth, light frost: Hi again, you don t have to wait if you don t want to, but if you do you will get a better picture of exactly what is dead and what is alive; eventually the new growth will really jump (next month, when rains begin to pick up) at this point you can decipher...

Tropical Plants: Gold Capella's, climate zone, cold snap
climate zone, cold snap, cold protection: Hi Lori, Nice plant for a beginner, it is very forgiving and easy to care for; Shefflera Arbicola is indeed tropical and normally used as a house plant because of that fact. Your probably in a zone 8 maybe 9a climate zone and that means it would need a little...

Tropical Plants: Hawaiian Schefflera, carpenter ant, probabley
carpenter ant, probabley, termite: Hi Tina, go ahead and cut it way back, it should be severely pruned once a year anyway, believe me , you can t hurt it, a very resilient plant that will grow profusely after you cut it back to about half its original size. This plant should be kept away from...

Tropical Plants: Help Please!, massangeana cane, corn plant
massangeana cane, corn plant, moderate water: Hi Monica, that second picture shows me a pretty normal, healthy looking Corn plant, which kind of puzzles me; they drooping leaves are a normal pattern for it and if some of them have brown on the edging, that would probably be for lack of humidity, which...

Tropical Plants: Hoya Vine transplant, rooting hormone, root ball
rooting hormone, root ball, pots: Hi Shelly, they do not respond well to transplanting, but if you must, then cut it back to about a foot and use the cut off sections for new plants, by dipping them in a rooting hormone and putting them in separate pots, then lift the original plant with as...

Tropical Plants: Indoor palm tree, majesty palm, indoor palm
majesty palm, indoor palm, potting soil: Hi Michelle, its probably either a Majesty Palm or an Areca, either way it needs to be transplanted into a new container with new potting soil; these palms need to be in a location where they get about 5 hrs of sun and are kept adequately watered. Spray the...

Tropical Plants: indoor miniature bird of paradise, insect secretions, spider mites
insect secretions, spider mites, dead insects: Hi Tina, the sticky residue is from insect secretions, probably spider mites, the most common indoor culprit; Take some household Isopropyl Alcohol and put it in a spray container and spray it down, this will kill the mites. The next morning take the Bird...

Tropical Plants: lakeview jasmine tree, jasmine tree, boxwoods
jasmine tree, boxwoods, cold damage: Hi Denyse, I too have had to remove many of my plantings due to cold damage, and you are correct in checking for the Cambium layer showing green, it is a tale of the tape (as I like to call it), if there is no green just above the root/trunk junction, then...

Tropical Plants: Majestic palm tree, majestic palm, climate zone
majestic palm, climate zone, colder nights: Hi Yolly, I wouldn t put it in the ground, for your climate zone is a little too cold for that, but put it in a large, decorative container, that way you can move it under protective cover during the colder nights during the winter. Majesty s do fine in containers,...

Tropical Plants: Majesty Palms, majesty palm, majesty palms
majesty palm, majesty palms, manganese sulfate: Hi Iris, they should be separate, and when you take them out of the container, you should be able to easily separate them, don t be to concerned about affecting them, they are pretty resilient; Majestys like a shadier surrounding them most Palms and will do...

Tropical Plants: Mediterranean Fan Palm trimming pups, mediterranean fan palm, root package
mediterranean fan palm, root package, new palm: Hi Peggy, first of all , don t worry about hurting the parent palm, it will do fine with the pups excised, providing you don t cut too deep into the parent root system; the pups can be a different story however, it can be a bear sometimes to excise them with...

Tropical Plants: Mexican Palm is is Dead, dayna, spear
dayna, spear, patience: Hi Dayna, check the center spear , is it green or brown? if it is brown, then your worse fears are true, it is kaput; if it is green however, you will need to give it time to either unravel or turn brown, patience is plan of the day right now, time will tell....

Tropical Plants: making a bougainvillea rebloom/brac in India, deg celcius, mumbai india
deg celcius, mumbai india, rough job: Hi, Your best bet is to place the containers in an area that is protected from the wind, or at least has something to block it, this will help keep the soil adequately irrigated; you may even try lifting them and checking the soil base to see if the soil is...

Tropical Plants: mango tree growth, pineapple mango, soil level
pineapple mango, soil level, leaf structure: Hi Lisa, I understand your concern, the rootstock could only take over if you allowed it, many people don t understand what a grafted tree is (kudos to you!), and they allow the new growth to spread and indeed take over the beneficial variety, but this takes...

Tropical Plants: orange king bouganvillea, cambium layer, orange king
cambium layer, orange king, soil level: Hi Daniel, go to the base about 2 inches above soil level, scrape the bark with a knife and see if the underlying Cambium layer is green or brown; if it is green, then prune it way back and just wait, it will come back. If the Cambium layer shows brown, then...

Tropical Plants: Palm Tree Frost Damage, main stock, palm trees
main stock, palm trees, frost damage: Hi Doug, no, as long as there is some green left in even the frost burned fronds, they are still functioning (photosynthesizing) and will play a vital role in the palms recovery; wait until they are completely brown, then remove them by cutting them about...

Tropical Plants: Passion flower -- leaves falling, passion flowers, passion flower
passion flowers, passion flower, foot fence: Hi Jane, growth usually commences from the bottom, the top usually is what dies back, I cut mine back almost to the ground and that is where it will begin this seasons growth. Keep in mind Jane, that this plant was actually designed by nature to feed the Monarch...

Tropical Plants: Pygmy date Palm, pygmy date palm, pygmy date palm tree
pygmy date palm, pygmy date palm tree, wet feet: Hi James, First of all , make sure that you planted it at the same level as it was in its nursery container, no deeper, not even an inch, second of all, when you planted it, make sure you separated the roots and freed them up so they will be able to spread...

Tropical Plants: Pygmy date palm, pygmy date palms, drip system
pygmy date palms, drip system, date palm: Hi David, often when a plant (or palm in your case) will not respond to normal care, by growing in a natural manner, it is because of the location of it; try moving it to another location, when you lift it, see if there is anything in the soil that is out...

Tropical Plants: Pygmy Palm (robellini), cold spell, frond
cold spell, frond, fronds: Hi Doris, you should always leave fronds on a Palm until they are totally brown, for they are still functioning and they need all the help they can get this time of the year, (dry season); if it is a nice full crown, and a frond is impeding in some way, then...

Tropical Plants: What is the palm tree drip line?, drip line, granular fertilizer
drip line, granular fertilizer, weed barrier: Hi Lori, the drip line is the farthest reaching frond, you want to spread the granular like you feeding chickens, evenly from that point (drip line) into the trunk; the rocks can be left as long as there isn t a weed barrier down under them. When you spread...

Tropical Plants: Are our palms dead, john palms, crown rot
john palms, crown rot, hi john: Hi John, Palms in Portland OR?? I am curious what type they are, please follow up and let me know of the type, for most Palms are at least semi-tropical and growing up there is questionable; but to answer your question, if the fronds (leaves?) are falling...

Tropical Plants: poinsettias, dade city fl, poinsettia plants
dade city fl, poinsettia plants, mealy bugs: Hi Margaret, sure you can!..they will get as big as a bush by next xmas; put them in a location where they will be out of the afternoon sun (hottest part of the day down here..), and water weekly and watch for scale or mealy bugs and you should do fine by...

Tropical Plants: pony tail palm, ponytail palm, insect infestation
ponytail palm, insect infestation, pony tail: Hi Linda, it is a phenomenon that occurs on many Palms, it isn t anything to be too concerned about, watch the splits for insect infestation, and treat accordingly, other then that, as long as the splits don t appear at an area where the crown could collapse...

Tropical Plants: ponytail palm, carpenter ants, woody area
carpenter ants, woody area, pony tail: Hi Sherri, Carpenter Ants seek out a woody area that is moist and rotted, they do not eat the wood, just utilize it for nesting; Your Pony Tail obviously has received too much water, which has caused the bulbular trunk area to show signs of rot. Clean out...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm Growth Problem, queen palms, queen palm
queen palms, queen palm, macro nutrients: Hi Dawn, it sounds like it is suffering from a lack of nutrients, primarily Manganese; Queen Palms need to be fertilized at least 3 times a year with a well balanced Palm Fertilizer that contains not only the major (Macro) nutrients, but all the necessary...

Tropical Plants: queen palm, carpenter ants, orange park fl
carpenter ants, orange park fl, queen palm: Hi Chris, this is a condition common with older established palms, I ve seen it on Queens, Washingtonias, Foxtails and Cabbage; your girl is getting old Chris, and this is one of the signs, no worries though, although it is not aesthetically pleasing to look...

Tropical Plants: How To Repot Pony Tail Plant, pony tail plant, soil mixture
pony tail plant, soil mixture, proper mixture: Hi Alyssa, Pony Tail Palms are tropical by nature and grow in soil in their natural habitat, however, many plants are treated like bonsai s and grown in weird situations (like your little fella..); if it does indeed have a root attempting to find something...

Tropical Plants: Robilini Palms, cold damage, critical period
cold damage, critical period, fronds: Hi Melanie, I know, I can empathize with you, I too had extensive cold damage, all you can do at this point is make sure your palm is adequately irrigated, fertilizing lightly with a well balanced Palm Fertilizer would help too, otherwise, just sit back...

Tropical Plants: Sea Grapes - Diseased, sea grapes, cold snap
sea grapes, cold snap, new leaves: Hi Janet, that cold snap we had the first week of February was a real bad one, and many plantings got the shock of their lives, for it was actually a freeze; Sea Grapes were one of the plants that really took it hard and albeit some may come back from the...

Tropical Plants: Spathiphyllum, drainage holes, peace lily
drainage holes, peace lily, pebble bottom: Hi Sherri, I am glad you were able to get to me, I don t know about the technical aspect of getting here, but anyway, I would line the bottom of the resin container with about 2 inches of gravel or pebbles, but do not leave the Lily in the Nursery container...

Tropical Plants: Splitting Majesty Palm, majesty palm, secondary roots
majesty palm, secondary roots, transplant shock: Hi Jon, Yes it can, but you will need to be very careful, disturbing each root section as little as possible; The easiest way is to first water it real well, then lift the entire root ball from the container and excise each section by cutting with a knife...

Tropical Plants: Stunted bird of Paradise, new roots, bird of paradise
new roots, bird of paradise, leafs: Hi Jim, often times when a plant begins to wane, I have found that lifting it and moving it to a different location, where there is no competition from other plants, stimulates it into growth; there are numerous issues that could cause the cessation of normal...

Tropical Plants: Super Dwarf Cav pup, dwarf cavendish, second pup
dwarf cavendish, second pup, distinct separation: Hi Jessica, wait until another pup appears before separating the daughter (the second pup will be the granddaughter), I hope your plant is in the ground and not in a container, for contrary to what is advertised, even a Super-Dwarf will be stressed if contained,...

Tropical Plants: saga palms, fronds, frond
fronds, frond, sago: Hi Liz, the only thing you can do to keep a Sago under control is strip the lower fronds; you can cut the fronds in half, but this is aesthetically unacceptable, for it would look terrible (believe me!)it is far more symmetrical to take the entire frond off,...

Tropical Plants: Transplanting Queen Palms, queen palms, palm springs area
queen palms, palm springs area, queen palm: Hi Susan, when you transplanted it, you needed to irrigate it well for several weeks, and hopefully you lifted the entire root ball as undisturbed as possible; if you did this, just keep it watered and watch the center spear, it should still be green, and...

Tropical Plants: tibouchina bush, tibouchina, new leaves
tibouchina, new leaves, cold this winter: Hi Bette, My Tibouchina got hit hard by the cold this Winter and is just now starting to send out new growth; the tips will brown because of the lack of humidity this time of year, but eventually it should begin to send out more lush growth as we work into...

Tropical Plants: trimming pygmy date palm, pygmy date palms, way to the heart
pygmy date palms, way to the heart, date palm: Hi Allison, its up to mother nature at this point, you really should have left the damaged fronds alone, for they are still helping the palm even though they are not completely green; just keep the palm irrigated adequately and then you must play the waiting...

Tropical Plants: White Bird of Paradise, happy bird, white bird
happy bird, white bird, bird of paradise: Hi Joyce, good for you, you have a happy Bird , it is often difficult to get them to bloom, so you are doing something right; as far as the blooms go, you can cut them and put them in a vase with some water, or just leave them be until they fade to the point...

Tropical Plants: windmill palms, windmill palms, clay loam soil
windmill palms, clay loam soil, old windmill: Hi Gary, The drooping/yellowing is usually a sign of too much or not enough irrigation, if you have a clay/loam soil and you are applying daily water, then it may be wise to back off the irrigating a little and back the mulch away from the trunk about a foot...

Tropical Plants: areca palms, areca palms, cold snap
areca palms, cold snap, frond: Hi Michael, Arecas are a laborious Palm to clean after a frost/freeze; take your time and cut each frond back to the main trunk, it takes time and effort, but if you just take a hedge trimmer and start buzzing away at it, it will look terrible after you are...

Tropical Plants: Bananas, wild bananas, banana plants
wild bananas, banana plants, potassium content: ..ideally one that has a large Potassium content (last number on bag..), but as they say, any port in a storm, right now they will benefit greatly from good old 10-10-10- or 6-6-6, later when they have developed, then the higher the potassium the better for...

Tropical Plants: Bird of Paradise, drainage holes, sun afternoon
drainage holes, sun afternoon, growing indoors: Hi Gracie, Because its been growing indoors, when you move it out, it should be done moderately, morning sun, afternoon shade for about a month, then gradually move into fuller sun, and then after several months it can take full sun, but mulch the container...

Tropical Plants: Bouganvilla, phosphorous fertilizer, boug
phosphorous fertilizer, boug, azaleas: Hi Jefferi, The worst thing you can do to a Boug is fertilize it, especially with a high Nitrogen count fertilizer; Fertilizing Bougs encourages green growth, and lots of it! They actually do best if left alone, especially when drought stressed, this is when...

Tropical Plants: Burnt Schefflera, schefflera, dappled shade
schefflera, dappled shade, wet feet: Hi Barbara, from what you describe I feel it will be just fine; Scheffs are pretty tough plants and it would take a lot more to actually kill it. Cut off the dead/burnt leaves and move it into an area where it will initially get dappled shade,until it starts...

Tropical Plants: banna plant, banana plant, plant question
banana plant, plant question, dwarf variety: ..anywhere from a year to 2 or 3 depending on setbacks such as frost, stress etc., but ideally, in the ground, in a tropical environment, usually 9-12 months. In a pot, it is very difficult, I tried and failed miserably to grow a Dwarf variety in a container...

Tropical Plants: bird of paradise, potassium fertilizer, high potassium
potassium fertilizer, high potassium, signs of stress: Hi Doug, no , Birds can be very finicky when it comes to flowering, as long as your Birds are lush and not showing any signs of stress, the flowers will come; be sure to fertilize them with a high Potassium fertilizer and lower Nitrogen about once every 3-4...

Tropical Plants: Care for Indoor Kentia Palm Tree, kentia palm tree, plam trees
kentia palm tree, plam trees, bright indirect light: Hi Al, I just use a good quality potting mix and line the bottom of my container with about 2 inches of gravel for drainage; Kentias like a bright indirect light, so I would say morning sun and late afternoon dappled shade would be fine for them. Mist them...

Tropical Plants: Coconut Palm Help!?!?, coconut palm, night temperatures
coconut palm, night temperatures, s yard: Hi Jason, Coconuts are hot weather lovers and after the cold winter we had, its going to be awhile before you see it kick back in; as long as it appears healthy, don t be concerned. Keep it properly irrigated (once a week) and as soon as the night temperatures...

Tropical Plants: Cutting White Biord of Paridise Back, new leaves, dead leaves
new leaves, dead leaves, trunk area: ...Thats fine, new growth will develop from the surface, picture an underground Potato, and the many eyes that send out shoots from it, this is what the Rhizome looks like underneath, and your new shoots will grow from there. The original will develop growth...

Tropical Plants: capella plants, plants poisonous to pets, path of resistance
plants poisonous to pets, path of resistance, scheffleras: Hi George, some Dogs have been known to chew on Scheffleras and that is in the family, so to be on the safe side, I would say yes, but so aren t hundreds of others, its just not one of the worse, and Cats are fine with it, they don t like it I guess. I am...

Tropical Plants: Desert rose - plant, desert roses, flower buds
desert roses, flower buds, nature coast: Hi Linda, Bingo!..Desert Roses are not fond of water, they store what they need in their pulpy trunk; I let mother nature water mine (they are in the ground...) and for that reason, they are not at their best during our rainy season. Barely water them, maybe...

Tropical Plants: Dying indoor pygmy date palm, pygmy date palm, weeping willow
pygmy date palm, weeping willow, home improvement store: Hi Jerel, first of all, not the best choice for indoor growing, there are many Palms out there that would do fine in an indoor environment, Pygmy Dates are not on that list; that said, I believe you primary problem is lack of humidity, they should be misted...

Tropical Plants: Fertilizing Bromeliads, liquid fertilizer, osmocote
liquid fertilizer, osmocote, shade plant: Hi Susan, they are right on, but morning sun is fine, when they say shade, they in fact mean morning sun, for its a source of light,but the heat is missing, and this is what can scorch Bromeliads, albeit they can even take a little afternoon sun, they just...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm, cold snap, green leaves
cold snap, green leaves, wet feet: Hi Wanda, I am getting this question quite a bit, and rightfully so with the cold snap we had in February; all you can do at this point is keep the Palm properly irrigated (not wet feet , just a weekly watering..) and watch that center spear. The center spear...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm after the frost, palm frons, foxtail palm
palm frons, foxtail palm, point in time: Hi Anne, there is no way to predict whether your Palm will turn the corner for you or not; what you can do at this point though, is tug gently on that center spear, if it holds firm, then it is still viable at this point in time , but if it should pull out,...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palms & Jathropa, foxtail palms, jathropha
foxtail palms, jathropha, cold temperatures: Hi Loretta, you should already see new growth if they are still viable, I fear that the Foxtail may be gone, you can check it by tugging on the emerging spear in the center, it should hold tight, if it pulls out, then the Palm is dead; The Jathropha can be...

Tropical Plants: Frost Bitten Palms, christmas palm, rotonda west
christmas palm, rotonda west, queen palm: Yes! by all means, they respond very well to pruning, so don t be shy about it, take off the brown/dead growth and any other that may be out of conformity, the only thing is, and this more for aesthetics, is make sure you cut the petiole right up against...

Tropical Plants: Mexican Petunia Dying
Tropical Plants: Mexican Petunia Dying

Tropical Plants: pruning, selloum, vertical growth
Tropical Plants: pruning, selloum, vertical growth, zone 5

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, slow release fertilizer, water drains
slow release fertilizer, water drains, transplant shock: Hi Vasilis, sounds like the Palm is indeed stressed, and no wonder with what its been through; First of all, the soil around the root system needs to be cleared back, so that the top of the junction is exposed (root ball and trunk), and second important thing...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm seeds, warm water wash, palm seeds
warm water wash, palm seeds, new roots: Hi Wayne, Dry the seed for a couple of days and then soak it for a couple of days in warm water (wash the outside of the seed manually to remove any natural growth inhibitors put there by Mother Nature to slow the process..) now take your container and fill...

Tropical Plants: Hindu rope and Purple Passion, spider mites, purple passion
spider mites, purple passion, facing windows: Hi Becky, They both like bright light, so the closer to a window, the better; water them when the soil is dry to touch but don t allow the roots to sit in any standing water (so have good drainage). Pinch the tips occasionally to encourage new growth and...

Tropical Plants: Indoor Palm Plants, indoor palms, indoor palm
indoor palms, indoor palm, spider mites: Hi Larry, You hit on two of the possible causes, under or over watering, the soil should be allowed to dry and then watered thoroughly, too much on the roots or too little for a unusual period of time will cause browning of the tips or entire frond, but the...

Tropical Plants: Kimberly Queen Ferns, midday sun, dappled shade
midday sun, dappled shade, fronds: Hi Tammi, prune off the scorched leaves and then move the ferns into an area that gets dappled shade and only morning sun; keep them adequately watered, but not wet, just damp. They should begin to send out new growth for you that won t scald,now that they...

Tropical Plants: lucky bamboo, new leaves, chorine
new leaves, chorine, indirect light: Ok Beth, first problem is you are probably giving it tap water, which contains chorine which is very detrimental, use purified water; second problem sounds like it may be getting too much light, it initially needs indirect light and then as it adapts, you...

Tropical Plants: Mass Cane, soluble fertilizer, drys
soluble fertilizer, drys, home depot: Hi, Very easy plant to care for Dot, just make certain it gets watered when the soil drys, and it gets 4-5 hours of sunlight per day and it will do fine; fertilize it with a soluble fertilizer once every couple of months (Peters, Miracle Grow..)..other then...

Tropical Plants: Mexican Petunia Dying, mexican petunia, scale insects
mexican petunia, scale insects, calcium deposits: Hi Michelle, those are scale insects and you need to address them with a systemic and a Horticultural Oil; Get Bayer Rose and Flower systemic and follow the directions, coupled with a good spraying (on the insects themselves..) with an oil like Organocide,...

Tropical Plants: majesty palm tree plant, majesty palm tree, potting soil
majesty palm tree, potting soil, fronds: Hi John, Buddy is just letting you know that he is tropical by nature, and this means he needs humidity; frequent misting of the fronds will stop this from occurring on the new fronds that emerge. The ones that are brown tipped now will remain so, but watch...

Tropical Plants: orange tree left out on a cold night, soil level, orange tree
soil level, orange tree, cold night: Hi Diane, scratch the bark at soil level, if it is brown, then your trees are indeed dead; if the bark shows green , then they are still viable and need to be given more time. Citrus can t take temps that cold, so I am inclined to think the worse. Nic...

Tropical Plants: Palm Plant, palm plant, fertilizer
palm plant, fertilizer, irrigation: Hi Frank, there are several reasons for this, the most common cause is lack of humidity; usually summer is the only humid time of the year, and there is no problem then, but the rest of the year, frequent misting will help alleviate this. Other reasons are...

Tropical Plants: Palm plant problems, sticky honeydew, spider mites
sticky honeydew, spider mites, scale insects: Hi Marion, sounds like your Palm is being accosted by spider mites or scale insects; I am assuming it is a house palm in a container (if not let me know..)so, get some common household Isopropyl Alcohol and put it in a spray container and spray the areas effected,...

Tropical Plants: Parlor Palm, parlor palm house plant, fertilizer spikes
parlor palm house plant, fertilizer spikes, release fertilizer: ...I agree, that is definitely fertilizer burn and as I stated, they really are not a good concept; the Dracaena is much more resilient, and the loss of leaves will not effect it too much, but you are doing the right thing by removing the spikes. Nic...

Tropical Plants: Passion flower, passion flowers, passion flower
passion flowers, passion flower, blossom drop: Hi Irene, first of all, you must refrain from fertilizing too much, as the Nitrogen tends to encourage green growth and inhibit flowering; second, the more direct sunlight the better the flowering. The reason for the blossom drop is just commonplace for Passion...

Tropical Plants: Peony Plant, peony plant, pink peony
peony plant, pink peony, frost damage: Hi Catherine, Peonies need plenty of sunlight and usually several years (3-4) before they are mature enough to flower; other reasons are planting the tuber too deep (they should have been planted so that the eyes on the tuber were only an inch below the soil)...

Tropical Plants: My Plumerias do not root !, soil mixture, celsius degree
soil mixture, celsius degree, plumeria cuttings: Hi Mihaela, you are reading way too much into the rooting procedure for your cuttings: after they are cut, they need to be left out of soil until the cut calluses over, (usually about a week..) then they are placed in a vermiculite/potting soil mixture and...

Tropical Plants: Pony tail plant trimming, pony tail plant, verandah
pony tail plant, verandah: Hi Frank, You can, but it will be awhile before it conforms, for its going to look pretty strange until it sends out side shoots from the cut area; if you are just trying to shorten it, and its looks for the near future isn t that important, then it will be...

Tropical Plants: palm pods, seed pods, elephant tusk
seed pods, elephant tusk, aesthetics: Hi Mike, you didn t mention the type of palm, but I am pretty sure you are referring to seed pods they begin as a elephant tusk type growth and burst (eventually) into a flower and subsequently the flowers turn into seeds which again, eventually disperse...

Tropical Plants: palm trees, palm trunks, robellini
palm trunks, robellini, palm trees: Hi Anna, not knowing the variety of Palm is tough for me to determine how cold hardy it is, but from what you say, tug on the center spear, if it still holds tight, then wait a little longer for it to send out an emergining frond from that center. If it pulls...

Tropical Plants: pigmy date palm, pigmy palm, manganese deficiency
pigmy palm, manganese deficiency, liquid copper: Hi Victor, I never heard of frizzled palm fungus , there is a Frizzle top which is a nutrient deficiency, not a water deficiency; when was the last time they were properly fertilized? you need to fertilize Palms with a specific fertilizer for them, otherwise...

Tropical Plants: pool planting, plants around the pool, dwarf ixora
plants around the pool, dwarf ixora, avocado trees: Hi Ellie:)....I would consider a Dwarf Oleander , it has masses of pink/salmon colored flowers year round, only grows to 4 feet, has a non invasive root system and likes heat, full sun (will take partial though..) and is pretty carefree, as long as it is...

Tropical Plants: pruning, philodendron selloum, surface roots
philodendron selloum, surface roots, aesthetics: Hi Cindy, Selloums are the type of Philodendron that develop a large tangle of surface roots and really are not a good subject for pruning; You can remove extraneous stems that impede into a space they are not welcomed, but other then that, it would involve...

Tropical Plants: pygmy date palm tree, pygmy date palm, pygmy date palm tree
pygmy date palm, pygmy date palm tree, excess water: When you separated them you disturbed the roots and this weakened them, so watering them probably set into motion root stress; back off the watering in hope that the roots may repair themselves, especially if the soil base is holding water, if not, make certain...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palms, queen palms, white worms
queen palms, white worms, litmus test: Hi Craig, they did indeed freeze, the litmus test for palms is the center of the crown, if it pulls out (as yours did) then the palm is dead, the worms are just taking advantage of a moist, dead tissue situation, I am not an entomologist, so I wouldn t even...

Tropical Plants: Red Banana, new leaves, new crown
new leaves, new crown, plante: Hi Tracey, because of the wound, it is probably better to cut the trunk directly under it and remove the entire crown and BBa new pseudostem will grow out of the center of the cut, you will see it in a matter of days. Bananas are very resilient and the plante...

Tropical Plants: Root System on Royal Palm, hurricane force winds, understandable answer
hurricane force winds, understandable answer, royal palm: Keith, The Royal Palm has a deep root system , hence its ability to withstand hurricane force winds, but if a City in Florida would put a row of Royals (ie. Punta Gorda) within 20 feet of structures along that same road, I am inclined to feel safe within...

Tropical Plants: Saga Palms, rough winter, recovery thanks
rough winter, recovery thanks, fronds: Hi Wendy, they could indeed be dead, but often people get impatient and dig up plants they feel are dead, and are not!..better to be sure and wait the extra time, if you don t see any type of new growth commencing in the next couple of weeks, then I would...

Tropical Plants: Sago Palm, sago palm, fronds
sago palm, fronds, pineapple: Hi Esther, I would first determine what caused the palm to stress and lose its fronds, were they coated with a white substance, almost like snow? if so , thats Alacaspis Scale, and needs to be addressed, if not then I would need to see a picture of it to try...

Tropical Plants: Scale?, cotton swab, mealy bugs
cotton swab, mealy bugs, horticultural oil: Hi Shirley, It sounds like either scale or mealy bugs, I would treat it with Bayer Rose and Flower systemic and with a Horticultural Oil(sprayed on) or even household Isopropyl Alcohol (dabbed on the insects with a cotton swab). Between the two , the problem...

Tropical Plants: Small animal protection for plant, fish emulsion, fish fertilizer
fish emulsion, fish fertilizer, desert roses: Hi Rosalee, Raccoons are one of the toughest animals to deter, but also, I wouldn t use the emulsion on a Desert Rose, rather I would use half strength soluble like Miracle grow or Peters, and then only once a month; Desert Roses need very little water, they...

Tropical Plants: Strelizia nicolai - Transplant mature plants, mature plants, question thanks
mature plants, question thanks, root system: ..Cut them back pretty good, because you are going to lose a good part of the existing root system (rhizome) so the less crown it has to support the better; you won t hurt it, so don t be afraid to take some of the larger shoots out at ground level. Nic...

Tropical Plants: stump rot, indoor palm, stump rot
indoor palm, stump rot, underground root: Hi Frankie, Go ahead and plant the entire rhizome (underground root system) even though it may seem rotted through, for the healthy part will eventually develop its own roots; you can t detach it from the existing root system or it will decline and die. Keep...

Tropical Plants: whenis the best time to tranplant my saga palm?, plam, rainy season
plam, rainy season, best time: Hi Bonnie, now is fine as long as you are prepared to irrigate it daily for a couple of weeks, until it takes hold, otherwise wait until the rainy season kicks in (assuming you are in Florida..) and then Mother Nature can take care of it. They can do fine...

Tropical Plants: white bird of paradise, nitrogen fertilizer, bird of paradise plants
nitrogen fertilizer, bird of paradise plants, high potassium: Hi John, tough to tell without actually seeing them, but with what you gave me for info, it sounds like something is effecting the root system of the ailing one; try moving it to another location (in full sun..) and giving it a good drink. Once it is in the...

Tropical Plants: windmill palms, windmill palms, loose soil
windmill palms, loose soil, air pockets: Hi Gary, yes it would make a real big difference, for what happens is the roots never break out of the ball they are in from the nursery container; when planting them, you need to loosen up the root ball so that the roots will permeate the surrounding soil...

Tropical Plants: Yucca elephantipes, yucca elephantipes plant, lowes
yucca elephantipes plant, lowes, home depot: Hi Arthur, there isn t a dwarf Elephantipes per se, but there is a Yucca that looks like Elephantipes, but in a smaller version; check out Yucca Rupicola . I would check online for this though, it isn t common enough to be found in your local Home Depot or...

Tropical Plants: Yucca elephantipes, yucca elephantipes, dead leaves
yucca elephantipes, dead leaves, waiting game: Oh happy to help our friends across the pond:)..trim all the dead leaves back to the main trunk, and by all means give it some water, if it is still viable it will be still taking up water, and needs it; I would leave it inside for awhile more, bringing it...

Tropical Plants: Adonidias Slowly Fading, cold damage, fronds
cold damage, fronds, afternoon sun: Hi Tina, Christmas Palms are very susceptible to cold damage, and I lost one that just was sitting there doing nothing, so I finally pushed the envelope and tugged on the center spear, and it just came out easily and left a mushy area where it was; the Palm...

Tropical Plants: allamanda, rio grande valley, lowe s
rio grande valley, lowe s, rio grande: Hi Edna, There are two types of Allamanda, there is the bush variety, but the most common is the vining variety; I am inclined, by what you say, to think you have a vining Allamanda, and it is indeed looking for something to crawl up, like a fence or trellis....

Tropical Plants: Banana Palm Weeping, banana plant, underground root
banana plant, underground root, definite problem: Hi Pat, Bananas are very resilient growers, and will continue until they break a bunch of fruit, then the process (normal) is to die back and another plant from the same Rhizome (underground root system) takes over, and on and on and on; what is happening...

Tropical Plants: Banana palm, remander, corm
remander, corm, root system: Hi Denise, it sounds like the Corm has died (the root system), if there is absolutely no growth, then you have indeed killed it; When they say cut it back, you need to be careful you don t cut into the Corm itself, you may have inadvertently done so. Dig up...

Tropical Plants: Bird of Paradise, truth of the matter, bird of paradise
truth of the matter, bird of paradise, bloomer: Hi Brad, a common dilemma among those growing BOP s; the answer is not that simple, but the truth of the matter is that Birds bloom sporadically and some years not at all, but as long as kept in the sun and irrigated properly along with fertilization, they...

Tropical Plants: Bird of Paradise, bird of paradise, clump
bird of paradise, clump, spade: Hi De, it needs to be separated below the surface; the Rhizome (clump) needs to be separated, using a knife, cutting the sections off that you want to grow elsewhere; be careful that you let the section you cut away callous over for a day or two before planting,...

Tropical Plants: Bird of Paradise Infested w/ white footed ants / aphids - what to do, white footed ants, honey dew
white footed ants, honey dew, terro ant: Hi Roxy, First thing to get rid of is the aphids, by using either Horticultural Oil or Insecticidal Soap, this will reduce the ant problem significantly, because the are attracted to the honey dew substance that the aphids give off as they feed. The ants can...

Tropical Plants: Bird of Paradise Plant, paradise seeds, bird of paradise
paradise seeds, bird of paradise, afternoon sun: Hi Connie, Birds are very resilient plants, if you say the Rhizome looks viable then by all means, prune them back and put them in a new container with new medium; keep it properly irrigate, (not allowed to dry out completely..) and it should regenerate crown...

Tropical Plants: Bougainvilla, gorgeous tree, root formation
gorgeous tree, root formation, shady area: Hi Karen, hard wood cuttings are the usual way, but I found that it is quicker to take a lower branch and strip away about 4 inches of bark and Cambium (the green under the bark) and bury that section (still attached) in the soil next to the mother; keep this...

Tropical Plants: Pups growing out of plant, sphagnum peat moss, shelly shelly
sphagnum peat moss, shelly shelly, yellow stamens: ...Shelly, detach them with a sharp knife, when the base of the pup is firm and set it in a soilless mixture (even mix of sphagnum peat moss, perlite, sand and well rotted leaf mold or compost) place them in a shady area and keep them misted until roots form,...

Tropical Plants: banana tree problem, north central alabama, banana tree
north central alabama, banana tree, chicken wire: Hi Dianne, circle the bottom of the pseudostem (trunk) with some chicken wire, this is the about the only thing you can do to deter gnawing pests; I have used this successfully with many of my fruit trees, and it worked just fine, plus its cheap. Nic...

Tropical Plants: bougainvilla, lot of water, blooms
lot of water, blooms, leaves: Hi Al, you didn t mention where you live, but Bougs like lots of sun and heat, but are not fond of a lot of water, so that said, I would not be too concerned if you are getting a lot of rain as of late. The only other real concern would be night feeding catepillas....

Tropical Plants: Cycas revoluta, new roots, root mass
new roots, root mass, oleanders: Hi John , it looks pretty good, I see deep green fronds mixed in, so I would say you did a pretty good job of planting it; don t be overly concerned about the yellowing bottom fronds, for the larger, greener ones are the ones that will be carrying it through....

Tropical Plants: care of dwarf palm, fertilizer spikes, drip line
fertilizer spikes, drip line, bubble system: Hi Vincent, even though you are in a dry, arid climate zone, Pygmy Dates (which I assume is what you have...) do not need that much irrigation; back off the watering and I think your Palm will stop yellowing on you. Water it once a week, that will be fine,...

Tropical Plants: my dying Croton, bottom area, bottom section
bottom area, bottom section, sloane: Hi Sloane, I wish I could see it, but it sounds like it is just leggy from age; you have a good handle on proper care for it, so I am certain it is not anything you have done. The only way to propagate your Croton is by rooting the top section (the crown...

Tropical Plants: ? easy way to remove banana stump and roots, wooden fences, underground root
wooden fences, underground root, bread knife: Hi Susanne, there is no easy way to remove Banana Corms (underground root rhizome.), you really need to dig the Corms up with a long blades spade, or at least compromise it by dissecting it piece by piece. The only other way is by using a heavy duty vegetation...

Tropical Plants: False Aralia, false aralia, adequate water
false aralia, adequate water, afternoon sun: Hi Trudy, cut back the longer stems to the next joining stem (axil) this will encourage a more bushy look. You can also cut the taller ones right back to the ground if you want. Bottom line here, is don t worry about hurting your plant, pruning is not going...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm question, crown rot, fronds
crown rot, fronds, foxtails: ...If the center fronds pulled out., and all you have left is older ones that may still be green, then the Palm is kaput; it is the center, emerging fronds that are the future of the Palm, no emerging fronds, no more Palm. The tale of the tape is the center,...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, foxtail palms, superficial damage
foxtail palms, superficial damage, thanks in advance: Hi Monty, you did superficial damage to the frond, (if I understand you correctly) but it will still develop (albeit deformed..) and function accordingly, so I wouldn t fret about it; if you had somehow severed it, then that would be a different story, and...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, foxtail palms, landscape area
foxtail palms, landscape area, cold damage: Hi Dave, usually when you tug on a new spear and it easily separates and appears mushy, then the crown has rotted (usually do to cold damage); I am not there to see your Foxtail, but from what you say it may have declined from stress of this type. If it is,...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm seeds, palm seeds, surface contaminants
palm seeds, surface contaminants, foxtail palm: Hey Scott, I am good and thank you for asking; you need to wait for Mother Nature to take its course, and that is when the seeds actually detach, by themselves, from the pod; at this point they are viable for the germination process. Good luck to you in your...

Tropical Plants: How to grow Bouganvillas, transplant shock, bouganvilla
transplant shock, bouganvilla, leaf drop: Bryon, it underwent transplant shock is all, just leave it be for awhile, makes sure it gets a weekly watering; it will eventually send out a new flush. Bougs are pretty resilient, but are prone to leaf drop if environmental changes take place. Make sure it...

Tropical Plants: Hawaii's Red Plumeria, green leaves, frangipani
green leaves, frangipani, stalks: Hi Cassandra, It will be awhile before flowers develop, there will be further growth of leaves and size before that happens; just keep it moderately irrigated and in the sun and be patient. You didn t mention where you live, so be aware that it is tropical,...

Tropical Plants: Hibiscus Tree, west side, cambium layer
west side, cambium layer, sun: Hi Shasta, scrape the bark near the bottom of the tree, if it is still green (The Cambium layer), then the tree is still alive, but it certainly sounds like it is stressed; Keep it irrigated, (not wet) and in a shadier area until you see new growth, then move...

Tropical Plants: hibiscus not flowering, mealy bugs, proper water
mealy bugs, proper water, aphids: Hi Kim, Hibiscus can be very finicky, and they are the type of plant that will set blossoms when they are ready; there really isn t much you can do to encourage them except keep them properly irrigated and fertilized with a well balanced tropical fertilizer...

Tropical Plants: King Palms, air pockets, root ball
air pockets, root ball, soil softener: Hi again, Considering the alternative, I wouldn t hesitate,,especially considering they haven t been in the ground long enough for the roots to take hold (and I am betting that the root ball hasn t broken out of its compaction...)..dig down carefully and begin...

Tropical Plants: Madagascar palm, fronds, blackness
fronds, blackness, nice thing: I will be honest with you Charles, I wet the soil on mine (about a quart of water) , every week, and thats it, and it does just fine; Once a year I give it a cup of Palm fertilizer. I would move it into a larger pot if you want it to get bigger however, it...

Tropical Plants: Mediterranean Fan Palm Transplanting, mediterranean fan palm, dappled shade
mediterranean fan palm, dappled shade, point star: Hi Freddy, sure, its fine to trim some of them off, just don t leave it with to sparse a crown, for this is how plants photosyntesize, and it is never good to take too many fronds off any Palm; keep in mind that your Fan Palm will do better with morning sun...

Tropical Plants: majesty palm, majesty palm, scale insects
majesty palm, scale insects, tiny insects: When you moved it out, the tiny insects that plaque plants found your Palm and began eating, these are extremely small insects like aphids, mites, and scale insects, they are very difficult to see, but as they feed, they give off a honey dew type susbstance...

Tropical Plants: Newly Planted Foxtails, tropical plants, fronds
tropical plants, fronds, weakling: Hi Lana, Ok, I would move the Cannas, there shouldn t be any plantings anywhere near your Foxtails; the yellowing sounds like the soil is holding too much water (being clay base..) for the Cannas, the Palms can tolerate a little extra, but not wet feet (poor...

Tropical Plants: Outdoor potted palm tree, potted palm tree, snowy winters
potted palm tree, snowy winters, vancouver bc: Hi Harvey, yes replace the soil, it needs to be replaced at least once a year due to salt build up from frequent fertilizing; it sounds like this is the problem, and also it likes humidity and the browing ends could be lack of it. Mist it frequently to simulate...

Tropical Plants: outdoor palm plant, palm plant, period of decline
palm plant, period of decline, colder nights: Hi Adele, Palms are a Tropical plant by nature, and they need high humidity, heat and tropical rains to prosper; New Jersey is a tough (if not impossible..) place to get a Palm to grow , unless in a climate controlled greenhouse. I don t know the type of...

Tropical Plants: Palm Tree, proper irrigation, palm tree
proper irrigation, palm tree, tree root: Hi Vivian, yes it is a common phenomenon called Palm flare , nothing to be concerned about, it is common with many Palms as they get older. One word of caution, do not try to cover up the exposed roots, just leave it be, and continue to fertilize 3 times...

Tropical Plants: PINDO PALM, fronds, pindo palm
fronds, pindo palm, ample time: Hi Julia, it sounds like it has been shocked from transplant, when a plant or palm is taken out of a container, after being in it for a period of time, it will react with detrimental results; keep it irrigated and be patient with it, eventually new growth...

Tropical Plants: Pindo Palm, wet paper towel, seed pods
wet paper towel, seed pods, frond: Hi John, yes you can, but you must wait for the seeds to fall from the pod, naturally; once they are shed you need to soak them in water for 2 days, (put a couple drops of bleach in a cup of water), then put them in a container on top of a good draining soil...

Tropical Plants: Ponytail Palm, trunk bottom, ponytail palm
trunk bottom, ponytail palm, stunted growth: ....Ok, it lost the top of its crown, but it should send out side shoots from just below where it pulled out; the reason I am optimistic is the fact that the remaining fronds look very healthy and are not drooping. What will develop, is the side shoots becoming...

Tropical Plants: Pothos Plant Stall in Growth, vermiculite perlite, kingston canada
vermiculite perlite, kingston canada, chorine: Hi Felix, ideally you should put your cuttings in a moist Vermiculite/Perlite mixture; (water forms weaker roots) keep the mixture moist and cover the cutting with a baggy that has holes punched in it, finally, keep it out of the direct sun, until roots form....

Tropical Plants: PROPOGATE ROBELLINI PALMS, propagating palms, robellini palms
propagating palms, robellini palms, moist paper towel: Hi Jim, propagating Palms from seeds is a process that begins with waiting for the seeds to separate from the pod naturally, this is when they ready; soak the viable seeds in a cup of water, with about 4 or 5 drops of bleach in it for about 2 days. Take the...

Tropical Plants: Pruning Bouganville shurbs, drip system, bouganville
drip system, bouganville, boug: Hi Dean, Yes, prune back the trailers or if you want to prune the entire plant back, thats fine also; bottom line here, is your Boug will respond positively to any pruning by sending out new growth, just know that you will be setting back any color, for the...

Tropical Plants: pigmy palm Transplant, air pockets, wet feet
air pockets, wet feet, approximate size: Hi JD, it should be pretty easy but you do want to get as much of the rootball as possible, with as little disturbance as possible; start about 4 feet out and begin to feel your way with your long bladed spade, gradually digging down and in as you progress....

Tropical Plants: procedure for planting colocasia 'black magic', colocasia black magic, elephant ears
colocasia black magic, elephant ears, moisture level: Hi Steve, Elephant ears like a lot of water and a shadier location; the planting dept should be the same as it is in its present container. Maintain a moisture level that is constant, by mulching it; make certain that you feed it frequently with a soluble...

Tropical Plants: propagation of foxtail, fleshy structure, germinated seeds
fleshy structure, germinated seeds, seed pod: Hi Linda, you need to wait for your foxtail to set an inflorescence, which will develop into a seed pod; once the seeds detach from the pod and fall to the ground they need to be soaked in water for a couple of days and then planted slightly into a medium...

Tropical Plants: pygmy date palm, pygmy date palm, black ants
pygmy date palm, black ants, dead insects: Hi Linda, they are attracted to the secretions of small insects like scale, aphids and mites as they feed; rid your Palm of these pest and the ants will leave also. Spray your Palm with a Horticultural Oil (not a Dormant Oil)...Ultra-Fine is one good one if...

Tropical Plants: pygmy palm fertilization, good soil, liscenced
good soil, liscenced, exact level: Hi Jack, Your Landscaper is correct in telling you to keep it irrigated, and I would fertilize it in about 8 weeks, the timing isn t crucial on this Jack, for the Palm needs to set its feet before it will be taking up any nutrients; right now the only thing...

Tropical Plants: queen palm caterpillars, queen palm, master gardner
queen palm, master gardner, crown rot: Hi Rob, the caterpillars are a secondary problem, I am more concerned with the fact that the center frond pulled out; this is usually caused by Crown Rot and is usually fatal to the Palm, even though the other fronds are still viable looking. I would check...

Tropical Plants: queen palms, queen palms, root ball
queen palms, root ball, root section: ...If you did indeed succeed in keeping that root ball moist, then they should be fine; time will tell though, albeit they are a pretty durable Palm. I have seen them in nurseries with their root ball wrapped in burlap for months, and I am certain that they...

Tropical Plants: queen palms, transplanting palms, queen palms
transplanting palms, queen palms, shallow root system: Hi Ron, whoever transplanted them should have also attached a square of small 2x4 s about half way up the trunk and 4 2x4 s nailed to them to the ground for support, this is standard procedure when transplanting palms, because of their shallow root system;...

Tropical Plants: red leafed plant, ti plant, red sister
ti plant, red sister, afternoon shade: Hi Bob, its a Cordyline Termanalis, better known as either Red Sister or Pink Sister.....or Hawaiian Ti Plant ; this particular specimen is pretty sad looking however,normally they are full and have a nice spread of leaves.Move it out into an area where it...

Tropical Plants: Sago Palm Advice, sago palm, scale insect
sago palm, scale insect, scale insects: ...again, I can only help from behind this computer, (without actually seeing it..) but if you can replace the original soil, that would help; check the fronds for scale insects also (we have a bad problem with them here in Florida..)and treat if necessary...

Tropical Plants: Sago palm, sago palm, fronds
sago palm, fronds, mulch: Hi Michelle, until they take root, keep them in a shadier area, and keep the soil damp but not wet; it will take a while for them to take hold, and you may see some yellowing of the fronds before they do. I would put them in a light potting mixture and mulch...

Tropical Plants: Selloum, degree temperatures, spadix
degree temperatures, spadix, inflorescence: Hi Marsha, Its called a Spadix and it contains both female and male parts, the interesting thing about it is that you will notice it is hot to touch, it radiates about 100 degree temperatures. You have a healthy plant, the fact that it is sending out this...

Tropical Plants: Sick Foxtail Palm, foxtail palms, foxtail palm
foxtail palms, foxtail palm, cooperative extension service: Hi Liza, the oozing jelly type substance is caused by an insect called the Silky Cane Weevil, which isn t usually lethal to the Palm but in its stressed condition from the cold winter we had could be the reason they are failing; there really isn t anything...

Tropical Plants: Side by Side Hibiscus One Dies, lions share, planter box
lions share, planter box, warm weather: Hi Patricia, when you say a shared box, it tells me that one of the root systems may have taken the Lions share of nutrients and space at the expense of the other; try moving the declining one to its own area and see if it improves. Hibiscus can be very difficult...

Tropical Plants: sea grapes, sea grapes, walled sections
sea grapes, walled sections, pool wall: Hi Debbie, I would not plant it that close, they have a pretty good root system that will present problems down the road; albeit I don t see it punching through your pool wall, it is capable of getting pretty extensive and I wouldn t advise tempting fate....

Tropical Plants: Transplanting a 23ft. fishtail palm, fishtail palm, root system
fishtail palm, root system, landscapers: Hi Robert, That is a job for a professional, with a Bobcat, the root system is to extensive for conventional down and dirty digging; the crown of the Palm is too extensive to survive a limited root system, which would be the result from attempting to dig it...

Tropical Plants: Tropical plant identification, adequate irrigation, clerodendrum
adequate irrigation, clerodendrum, cold spell: Hi Brenda, its a Clerodendrum Starburst, a beautiful plant that is rather easy to grow; make sure it gets adequate irrigation and fertilization about every 3rd month and it will do just fine for you. Research it in the Internet, now that you know the name,...

Tropical Plants: White B of P and also my Bouganvilla, insect expert, systemic insecticide
insect expert, systemic insecticide, slug bait: Hi Donna, Ants are very difficult to control, they have obviously nested either in the BOP or close to it; the only control for this type of ant (sugar eater..) is to bait them with any of the many products out there that are specifically for them , Terro...

Tropical Plants: Angel Trumpet plant, angel trumpet plant, epsom salt
angel trumpet plant, epsom salt, magnesium sulfate: Hi Debbie, usually Brugmansias (or Daturas..) are pretty problem free, I am thinking that they may need a dose of Epsom Salt, (Magnesium Sulfate), they seem to need this to prosper; back off the watering a little, maybe twice a week (once a month hit with...

Tropical Plants: Backyard Landscaping, ficus hedge, coconut palms
ficus hedge, coconut palms, endless assortment: Hi Aretha, ok, lets begin, 10b is great, because you have an endless assortment of plantings to pick from; as a hedge line, I would recommend Peregrina Jatropha, it is covered with red flowers year round and very easy to care for. Another good choice would...

Tropical Plants: Banana Palm, heavy rain, bananas
heavy rain, bananas, palms: Hi Andy, Bananas are my forte, and I would like you to elaborate on wrinkled , describe them if you can with another term, for I have never had any of mine appear like that; sometimes they unravel damaged, from wind or heavy rain, but never wrinkled, per...

Tropical Plants: Bird of Paradise Plant, copper fungicide, fungal spores
copper fungicide, fungal spores, nothern coast: Hi Bobbie, it is always difficult on a plant moved outside (stress), and many times they need an adjustment period; albeit I am not sure what those black spots are, especially without seeing them, it sounds like it may have had its first exposure to the many...

Tropical Plants: Bougainvillea, tropical plants, viola
tropical plants, viola, endeavor: Hi Viola, it would be a difficult endeavor on your part, they are indeed tropical, and even here in Florida, they are prone to problems during a colder then normal winter; if you wanted to try, then the Spring would be the time to start (after the last frost.)...

Tropical Plants: Bouganvilla, nitrogen fertilizer, flowers and leaves
nitrogen fertilizer, flowers and leaves, climate zone: ..I wouldn t fertilize at all right now, but would definitely stop watering with your household water, which contains elements that are not the best for your plants; we don t have any choice during the Winter, but now with our rains aplenty, we can stop all...

Tropical Plants: Bouganvillia, fall mom, transplant shock
fall mom, transplant shock, new leaves: Hi Jill, Your mom actually did a good thing, pruning back a Boug is a good way to stimulate new, healthy growth, while keeping it in check also; I fear she may have cut it back too much however, for when I say prune it back, I mean to about a 2-3 foot specimen,...

Tropical Plants: Bougenvilla, full bloom, alien environment
full bloom, alien environment, tropical plant: Hi Susan, Bougs are not really a hanging plant, but nurseries can force any plant to exist for a period of time in a alien environment; the key is to be able to maintain this, and it just isn t meant to be. Bougainvillea are a tropical plant that need to be...

Tropical Plants: bugenvilla, outdoor trees, trees and shrubs
outdoor trees, trees and shrubs, chicago winter: Hi Cathy, no, sorry, its sub-tropical and whoever printed that tag was really pushing the envelope, like right off the counter! Bougs will assuredly face demise at 20 degrees; they do not go dormant like many Northern plantings, and a frozen ground will kill...

Tropical Plants: Container size for pygmy date palm, pygmy date palm trees, quart containers
pygmy date palm trees, quart containers, eventual failure: ..I have to be honest with you James, your Palm will exist for awhile, but in the long run, it is destined to failure; it will not fare well at all in such a small container; the best case scenerio will be a stunted Palm with a limited root system, that is...

Tropical Plants: Cycas Revoluta, king sago, adequate irrigation
king sago, adequate irrigation, fertile soil: Hi Jeff, your King Sago can be planted in any sunny location in a relatively fertile soil; make certain that it is given adequate irrigation in that extreme heat, otherwise it will be just fine, for that is its normal growing conditions. Here in Florida,...

Tropical Plants: Dwarf Cavendish, sun porch, banana plant
sun porch, banana plant, new leaves: Hi Emily, You aren t doing anything wrong, Bananas are a tropical plant, and albeit they require copious amounts of water, they still can show stress from too much, a Bananas Corm (thats the amazing root system you alluded too....) can rot if it sits in standing...

Tropical Plants: elephant ears, elephant ears, petiole
elephant ears, petiole, elephant: Hi Dan, you will notice that down the Petiole (which is the stem the leaf is on..)near the main junction with the other leaves, is a collar, you want to cut the Petiole just above that collar; you cut the Petiole and leave the collar, for that is where new...

Tropical Plants: Fertilizer, massangeana cane, yucca elephantipes
massangeana cane, yucca elephantipes, ivy plants: Hi Helen, ok, the Pony Tail, the yucca , the cane, and the dragon should get an application of Osmocote or your expert slow release in the Spring and then again in the Fall, the are not heavy feeders; the other two can have the soluble Peters once a month....

Tropical Plants: Fertilizer for Cycads, sago palms, trunk diameter
sago palms, trunk diameter, sagos: Hi George, a well balanced Palm fertilizer will do just fine, thats what I have used on mine for years and they are thriving; the same as I use on all my Palms. Sagos don t need much, once in the Spring and once in the Fall, at a rate of about a pound per...

Tropical Plants: Fiberous Banana trees, growing bananas, banana trees
growing bananas, banana trees, underground root: ...I have given seminars on growing Bananas, and beside not getting enough irrigation or the Corm rotting from sitting in standing water, they very seldom display these symptoms; check and make sure that they are getting ample moisture, but not wet feet....

Tropical Plants: FOXTAIL PALM, queen palms, insect infestation
queen palms, insect infestation, foxtail palm: Hi Paul, it often happens, its a phenomenon , just an irregularity, nothing to be real concerned about, don t put anything on it unless you see an insect infestation. Queen Palms are known for it quite a bit, and they only time it is a concern is if it weakens...

Tropical Plants: FOXTAIL PALM, hurricane wilma, eridania
hurricane wilma, eridania, fronds: Hi Eridania, it sounds like the other Foxtail that survived Wilma has been compromised also, but is managing to hang on to life; I fear though, that it will never really recuperate completely, and it may be wise to replace it, rather then try to nurse it back....

Tropical Plants: Foxtail frost burn, proper irrigation, pencil neck
proper irrigation, pencil neck, cold stress: Hi Mable, leave it be, it will traverse its difficulties on its own, all you would accomplish by cutting the tips off, is disfiguring the frond; the old fronds, if totally brown, can be cut at the Petiole, right up against the trunk , but its not necessary,...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm and Broken New Frond, frond, petiole
frond, petiole, foxtail palm: Hi Kelly, it sounds like the Petiole was in a weakened condition due to the drought and when the full weight of the frond bore down on it, snapped; I wouldn t be overly concerned about it, as long as the new frond appears healthy and the other existing ones...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm: dead or alive?, foxtail palms, ground flood
foxtail palms, ground flood, flood zone: Hi Mark, Your neighbors effectively killed their Palms by decapitating them, for this is the crown, the crucial area that new growth emerges from; that said, I would need to know exactly what your Palms look like, I probably could see them physically, your...

Tropical Plants: queen palm, commercial landscape company, two cents
Tropical Plants: queen palm, commercial landscape company, two cents, palms

Tropical Plants: ficus benjamina is leafed out on one side, naked on the other, ficus benjamina, clay pot
ficus benjamina, clay pot, potting soil: Mary, Ficus is a pretty resilient tree, I think your plant has plenty of life left in it,and it would be a shame to discard it because its a little under the weather; your first step is to change it out of that soil, it is most assuredly got a salt build up...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, crown rot, foxtail palm
crown rot, foxtail palm, fronds: Hi Rachel, wrong Palm for a container I am afraid, and from your description, crown rot has set in; the Palm is most assuredly dying, if not already dead (hence the squishy top). If you want a Palm in a container, there are other choices (which I will tell...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm frost damage and disease, foxtail palm, insect activity
foxtail palm, insect activity, added stress: Hi Karen, its really difficult to determine just when to throw in the towel on cold damaged Palms, (or plants for that matter...), you really need to show some patience with them however, for sometimes it takes quite awhile for signs of reversal; the oozing...

Tropical Plants: chinese hat tree, ginger plant, chinese hat
ginger plant, chinese hat, tree question: ..It does prefer partial shade, so that isn t the problem, the fertilizer you are using may have too high a Nitrogen count, which would promote more greenery at the expense of flowering; try hitting it with either Miracle-Grow Bloom booster or any of the other...

Tropical Plants: hoya or lipstick plant, lipstick plant, pictures of the mona lisa
lipstick plant, pictures of the mona lisa, vine plant: Hi Maria, I have to disagree, I brought up numerous pictures of the Mona Lisa variety and put yours right smack next to it, and they are identical; if you put in picture of mona lisa plant it brings up some nice images that you can see and compare. Without...

Tropical Plants: Ice Cream Banana Tree, cream bananas, banana trees
cream bananas, banana trees, banana tree: Hi Lindy, Bananas need to be in the ground ideally, or in the largest of containers; they need to be in an environment that does not drop below freezing. Pruning and wrapping the pseudostem is fine, but just know that the chance of fruit being produced is...

Tropical Plants: Indoor Palm Tree, indoor palm, spider mites
indoor palm, spider mites, black circles: Hi Cora, what you are seeing (sticky sap) is the secretions from what is probably Spider Mites feeding; when they suck the juices of the plants, they give off a honey dew secretion from their rear end. Get yourself some Isopropyl Alcohol and put it in a...

Tropical Plants: Mango tree, mean time, nutrients
mean time, nutrients, glue: Hi Ann, if it was split down the middle, then the bark/cambium layer has been compromised, and this means few if any nutrients can be distributed up from the roots effiecently; wait and watch, just maybe, the stripped area will callous over, but in the mean...

Tropical Plants: Massangeana Cane, massangeana cane, glass globe
massangeana cane, glass globe, tree trunks: Hi Helen, you can wait on transplanting them, but just be careful not to soak those roots, you don t want to rot them; I could not make out the green on the trunks, from your image and really can t say what it may be without actually seeing it. If you could...

Tropical Plants: Mexican Petunias, colored streaks, mexican petunias
colored streaks, mexican petunias, culling: Hi Tina, Mexican Petunias are pretty much a problem free plant, if anything, they need to be continually thinned,to prevent too much foliage and not enough flowers; I have them growing wild everywhere in my garden, and to be honest with you, I have culled...

Tropical Plants: MUSA BASJOO, adult plant, spade
adult plant, spade, conservatory: Hi Brian, the pup is still a little too young to be severed from Mom, let it develop a little more, when it is about a third the size of the Parent plant then take a long blade spade and cut directly down parallel to the Parents Pseudostem (trunk) and give...

Tropical Plants: Musa Basjoo is Deformed, corm, tropical plant
corm, tropical plant, root system: Hi Alane, I would not have put that on a Banana or any edible for that matter, it is , after all, a systemic and that is taken up into the tissue of the plant, including the fruit it bears; this is not something you want to eat, and it does state this in...

Tropical Plants: Pindo Palm, jelly palm, secondary roots
jelly palm, secondary roots, pindo palm: Hi Ona, also known as a Jelly Palm, it is a real nice specimen, and I would recommend having a experienced landscaper move it, for I think a Bobcat or some other mechanical digger will be needed to properly lift it with all its roots. If you attempt to dig...

Tropical Plants: Ponytail Plam, miracle gro, seven trees
miracle gro, seven trees, potting mix: Hi Helen, go ahead and separate them, as long as they each have their own roots; if they are attached however, it may harm them to try to sever them from each other. If you are able to separate them without any difficulty, and without harming them, then place...

Tropical Plants: How to plant a Red Plumeria cutting, indirect light, plumeria
indirect light, plumeria, myra: Hi Myra, your assumption is correct, the cut end goes into a container of light potting mixture, which will be kept damp, but not wet!....(or it will rot.), but for roots to form, it needs to be kept from drying out completely;keep the cutting in an area where...

Tropical Plants: plumeria recommendations, master gardners, frangipanis
master gardners, frangipanis, free literature: Hi Angela, one key in raising Frangipanis and that is do not over water them, it is a sure fire death sentence, especially when they are young; the roots are very shallow and easily rot if too much water is applied to them. Other then that, they are very easy...

Tropical Plants: ponytail palm, rooting hormone, shady area
rooting hormone, shady area, potting mix: Hi Cathy, separate them by taking as much of the base as possible , dipping it in a rooting hormone, and placing it in a container with a light potting mix; you should see roots in several weeks. Place the container in a shady area until the roots form, and...

Tropical Plants: pygmy date double palm leaf chlorosis, containerized plants, double palm
containerized plants, double palm, leaf chlorosis: Hi Loretta, I am assuming the soil has never been changed out, this is the core of the problem, the roots have become compromised with a compacted soil base with built up salt content from previous fertilizing; change out the soil and I think you will see...

Tropical Plants: pygmy palm transplant, transplanting palms, tropical palms
transplanting palms, tropical palms, climate zone: Hi Sherri, you didn t mention where you are located (climate zone) , Pygmy Dates are sub-tropical palms and need to be outside in direct Sun; They are not for containers either, they need root space and all but the largest of containers can t provide this....

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm Collapsing?, queen palms, queen palm
queen palms, queen palm, outer bark: Hi Richard, they aren t sinking, this condition is called flare and it occurs naturally in many Palms as they mature; its a phenomenon, and nothing to really be concerned about, except for the aesthetically unpleasing look about it. Don t attempt to correct...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm Pod, flower pod, queen palm
flower pod, queen palm, frond: Hi Katy, no, you can prune it off at any stage of the development without doing any harm at all to the Palm, just be careful when you cut it, that you don t inadvertently cut a frond also, even touching the frond with the saw may weaken it to a state where...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palms Transplanting, queen palms, queen palm
queen palms, queen palm, trademe: Hi Naomi, I would definitely get an expert to transplant a Palm of that magnitude, its too large and too heavy to do by hand; it will require a machine to lift it out of the ground, and then the root system will need to be wrapped until it is ready for its...

Tropical Plants: queen palm, queen palm, butt rot
queen palm, butt rot, micro nutrients: ..No, lethal Yellowing is usually a problem with Christmas Palms, its very rare to see this disease afflict a Queen Palm; Butt rot symptoms are a total collapse of the crown, and a mushy center, again, not whay your Queen is experiencing. I really feel it...

Tropical Plants: queen palms producing too many seed pods, queen palms, seed pods
queen palms, seed pods, queen palm: Hi Theresa, No, sometimes they can be very prolific in producing pods (and eventual inflorescence), just be careful pruning them off, don t inadvertently damage a green frond, for it will collapse eventually if it is even nicked, and your Palm needs all of...

Tropical Plants: red bird of paradise transplant, plant declines, new home in las vegas
plant declines, new home in las vegas, transplant shock: Hi Darcy, the key here is to get as much of the root system as possible, many people cut corners and just want to get the plant out of the ground and in the ground someplace else, and wonder why the plant declines and/or dies; take the time to water the plant...

Tropical Plants: repotting plants, drainage holes, peace lily
drainage holes, peace lily, repotting plants: Hi Carol, normally I repot when the plant begins to show signs of stress, albeit slight, look for anything out of the ordinary; if the plant begins to show any signs at all, then by all means do it, it can only be productive. Checking the drainage holes for...

Tropical Plants: Saga Plams (baby sprouts), female pups, sagos
female pups, sagos, seed development: ...the pups that have developed an actual base are the ones that have a better chance of developing roots; detach the pup and let the cut area dry out for a day and then (as I stated before...) put the base in the soil and roots will form eventually, there...

Tropical Plants: sago palms, sago palms, dish soap
sago palms, dish soap, persistent pest: ...The systemic is called Bayer Rose and Flower systemic and the oil is called Ultra-fine Oil , or you can use Organocide , but don t use a Dormant Oil, for it is too heavy. The Scale is there,but it hasn t manifested itself to where you can see it with...

Tropical Plants: Transplant of Royal Palm Tree, stress period, liquid nutrition
stress period, liquid nutrition, royal palm: The irrigation sequence you have in place in fine, but I would be careful not to inundate the roots with water, especially if your soil retains it at all, just enough so they don t dry out completely; if the fronds are completely brown, then you can cut them,...

Tropical Plants: Tropical Privacy, brick paver patio, areca palms
brick paver patio, areca palms, tropical privacy: Hi Theresa, Heliconia and Bananas are very invasive, so you will have to consider the upkeep of keeping them in check; bromeliads are fine as are the various varieties of ferns available. I would consider Areca palms for size, privacy and quick growth; they...

Tropical Plants: viburnum hedge, brown leaves, chance of rain
brown leaves, chance of rain, fungal infection: Hi Cathy, Organocide is a combination insect/fungal concentrate; its not what I consider the best choice for a strictly fungal problem however. I would apply a Copper Fungicide early in the morning, and if you do get rain that day, just reapply the next morning...

Tropical Plants: Washingtonia Robusta, seed pods, seed pod
seed pods, seed pod, inflorescence: Hi Torey, What you are seeing is the Inflorescence which will eventually develop into a seed pod; the pod will subsequently shed the seeds and some of them may germinate in the soil at the base of the Palm. Once they are shed, they can be germinated by...

Tropical Plants: White Bird of Paradise, miracle grow potting soil, port huron michigan
miracle grow potting soil, port huron michigan, drainage holes: Hi Crystal, the split leaves sound like the results of a physical trauma (probably at Lowes..), just keep it properly irrigated and in about a month, supplement the nutrients already in the Miracle Grow Soil with a gallon of Miracle Grow soluble or Peters...

Tropical Plants: watering tropical plants., tropical plants, humid environment
tropical plants, humid environment, soil: Hi Alan, I would like to know the variety, so that I can better help you, but in general, tropical plants require a humid environment, meaning the atmosphere around them, the soil need only be kept watered when dry to touch. Again, though, without knowing...

Tropical Plants: Yellow leaves on saga, scale insects, sagos
scale insects, sagos, yellow leaves: Hi Rita, Sagos are in trouble in Florida because of the Aulacaspis Scale, it is an insect that was inadvertently imported from overseas and is laying waste to our Sagos; It begins with the appearance of what looks like light snow covering the fronds and eventually...

Tropical Plants: Yucca Plants, yucca plants, future generations
yucca plants, future generations, inflorescence: Hi Paul ,Your Yucca will flower when its ready, and albeit it likes a sandier soil, any soil will suffice; the Moth is only instrumental after the inflorescence develops, at which time it pollinates the flower so it can produce seeds for future generations...

Tropical Plants: Adonodia Palm stopped growing, adonidia palm, 20 palms
adonidia palm, 20 palms, christmas palm: Hi John, if your Christmas Palm was stung by a frost or freeze, it probably is in its death throes; what will happen is it will linger awhile and eventually the top will turn mushy and the crown will collapse (as did the smaller one..), this is agonizing for...

Tropical Plants: BANANAS, eventual decline, ft meyers
eventual decline, ft meyers, cold damage: ...Bananas to not fare well in containers Guy, the root area needed for the Corm (root system) is just to demanding for all but the largest of containers; they will grow for awhile very nicely and then the eventual stress from a cramped Corm will manifest...

Tropical Plants: Banana Trees, banana trees, free weather
banana trees, free weather, six years: Hi Fran, therein lies the problem, they need to get through 14 months of frost free weather, or else they just continue to attempt to produce with no result. If a banana is hit by a frost or worse, a freeze, it is set back, and starts all over with its 14...

Tropical Plants: Bougenvillas, insect problems, patio porch
insect problems, patio porch, sw mo: Hi Kathy, Bougs don t like too much irrigation, tell her to water it once a week, make certain it is in direct sun all day and watch for insect problems; it will need to be taken in for the colder months and placed in a window where it can maintain direct...

Tropical Plants: banana plant, zone 9b, banana plant
zone 9b, banana plant, cold stress: Hi Richard, Bananas need a frost free year to produce fruit, if they don t get it, they are set back a year until they do; its an unfortunate fact of life that they are tropical by nature, and can t mature fruit if set back by cold stress. I even have problems...

Tropical Plants: bird of paradise, drainage holes, inch pot
drainage holes, inch pot, 10 container: A 12 container should be fine, make sure you loosen up the roots on the ball when you pop it out of its present container; when its reached a certain point in its formation , it will begin to flower,(root bound or not) and this point varies with each plant,...

Tropical Plants: bop, dead flower, dead leaf
dead flower, dead leaf, pleasing nick: Hi Kathy, its pretty tough to kill a Bird with too much water, they love moisture; that said, it is quite normal for a flower to look like its dying, when in fact ,it is simply withering from age. The normal procedure is , when a flower browns out and shrivels,...

Tropical Plants: Care, cactus soil, pachira money tree
cactus soil, pachira money tree, money plants: Hi Helen, if you want your Pachira to grow larger, then it needs to be in a larger container, if you want to keep it smaller, then a small container is the answer; I would think that Cactus soil may be a little too sandy, albeit you may mix it with a standard...

Tropical Plants: Care, pachira money tree, black bugs
pachira money tree, black bugs, insecticide: ..I wouldn t be concerned about scraping the glue off, and I don t think any harm has been done to this point; the black bugs could be anything, I am not sure without being able to see them. I would get Bayer Rose and Flower systemic it serves as an insecticide...

Tropical Plants: Dessert Rose, spider mites, dry environment
spider mites, dry environment, infestations: Hi Kim, Dessert Roses do not require hardly any water, they store most of what they need in their spongy stems; the yellowing leaves are probably a combination of the mites and possibly too much irrigation; be careful what you use on the mites, for the plant...

Tropical Plants: My Dracaena Marginata, quality fertilizer, small plastic container
quality fertilizer, small plastic container, dracaena marginata: Osmocote is a well balanced fertilizer sold in Lowes, Walmart, Home Depot etc. it comes in a small plastic container and is like little pellets; its a very good quality fertilizer, and will be perfect for your Dracaena every 3 months, because it is slow release....

Tropical Plants: disease on Pigmy Palm, moist area, moist environment
moist area, moist environment, pigmy palm: Hi Gail, the bugs were just taking advantage of a dark, moist area and were causing to harm to the Palm itself, however, if you want to eradicate them, simply remove their moist environment and they will go elsewhere; an immediate remedy would be Sevin or...

Tropical Plants: dwarf banana trees, dwarf banana, tropical ambiance
dwarf banana, tropical ambiance, banana trees: Hi Christine, you never questioned to whether they will ever give you Bananas, and I am sorry to say, they won t; but if it is just the Tropical ambiance you are after, then you are on the right track. I would keep one per container, for the Corm (root system)...

Tropical Plants: Fire ants on Ixora, fire ants, ixora
fire ants, ixora, occurance: Hi Eliza, fire ants build nests under containers, and in them....you need to dump the plant from the existing container (carefully!) and place the plant into a new container away from the original location. This is a common occurance when a contained plant...

Tropical Plants: Fiscus identification, reddening, growing?, time allison, jade plant
time allison, jade plant, winter water: Allison, thats a Jade Plant, not a Ficus, the reddening is caused by direct sunlight, they prefer partial shade in the afternoon; this will not hurt it, but for best color, deep green, it should get afternoon partial shade. You must bring it inside during...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm, epsom salts, frond
epsom salts, frond, hi chris: Hi Chris, from your question I have to say that you have done everything that should have been done, except you shouldn t seal anything , for it will callous over on its own. I would say that it is pretty much up to Mother Nature now, just keep it properly...

Tropical Plants: Hoya's bud falling off, lipstick plant, family gesneriaceae
Tropical Plants: Hoya's bud falling off, lipstick plant, family gesneriaceae, violet family

Tropical Plants: OVERWINTERING DATURA PLANTS, hobby greenhouse, brugmansias
Tropical Plants: OVERWINTERING DATURA PLANTS, hobby greenhouse, brugmansias, mealybugs

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, trunk diameter, fronds
trunk diameter, fronds, foxtail palm: Hi Bob, I would really need to see it to determine if it indeed has frizzle top, but if it does, then it needs nutrients, specifically Manganese Sulfate. Spread it at a rate of about 1 lb per 2 inches of trunk diameter, evenly around the base but not contacting...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palms roots, foxtail palms, mature palms
foxtail palms, mature palms, sidewalks: Hi Cynthia, I live in Florida, and we have Foxtails all over, and not only do they not pose a threat to lifting pavers, but even the bigger Royals are planted right up against streets and sidewalks, and pose no threat whatsoever. Palm roots tend to grow downward...

Tropical Plants: frost damage to christmas palm, aesthetic standpoint, christmas palm
aesthetic standpoint, christmas palm, frost damage: Hi Pamela, Adonidias shed their own fronds, but from an aesthetic standpoint, it wouldn t hurt to prune the broken Petiole back to the trunk, but be careful not to cut into the boot itself, (the boot is the part of the frond that joins the frond to the trunk)....

Tropical Plants: Heliconia/Bird of Paradise, underground rhizomes, tropical palms
underground rhizomes, tropical palms, fertile soil: Hi Marvin, they are related to the BOP and the Banana, for they grow in the same manner, utilizing underground Rhizomes to spread; Heliconias are pretty easy to care for, they like a fertile soil , but will tolerate less. The most difficult part of growing...

Tropical Plants: Hoya's bud falling off, hoya bella, soil dries
hoya bella, soil dries, sun room: It looks like Hoya Bella, but without the blooms being opened its hard to tell, the plant likes some direct Sun, but I think its probably getting too much and is stressing somewhat from it; the flowers not opening is a sign. Your watering schedule sounds good,...

Tropical Plants: Indian Rubber Plant PRUNING Question, worst case scenario, rubber trees
worst case scenario, rubber trees, rubber plant: Hi Liz, they never go dormant, they will slow growth in the cooler season, but dormancy is a total cessation of growth, and they do not; that said, go ahead and cut it back, being careful not to get any of that sticky sap on you. Rubber trees are very resilent...

Tropical Plants: mandevilla leaves, granular fertilizer, signs of stress
granular fertilizer, signs of stress, best guess: ...you need to change out the soil, it is evident now, from what you followed up with, that there is probably a salt build up in the soil from the granular or it was too strong for the roots and compromised them. New soil will alleviate this problem, and in...

Tropical Plants: Night Blooming Jasmine pests, night blooming jasmine, catepillar
night blooming jasmine, catepillar, bougainvillea: Hi Denise, I am not an Emtomologist, but I do know that it is indeed a night feeding catepilla that is the culprit, be it a Looper or other, I can t say; BT will work or do what I do, and use Bayer Rose and Flower systemic, for they spend the day in the...

Tropical Plants: OVERWINTERING DATURA PLANTS, trumpet angel, chicago winter
trumpet angel, chicago winter, sunny window: Cut them back to about half of their present size, leaving enough leaves to keep them viable, yet small enough to handle and put in a container; and yes, put them near a window where they will get ample light. Water them when the soil begins to dry out. Nic...

Tropical Plants: Palm Tree damage, palm specialist, insect problem
palm specialist, insect problem, slow decline: ...I would definitely have an experienced person look at it (I could only tell so much from the image...) to see just how extensive the damage is, especially considering the claim you will be putting in against the moving company. If you see any kind of insect...

Tropical Plants: Palm trees and water, mature palm trees, sago palms
mature palm trees, sago palms, date palms: ...as soon as I replied to the other question you sent, I saw this, so disregard the request for a close up LOL...anyway, it looks like either Mealy Bugs or Scale; Purchase a Horticultural Oil, such as Ultra-Fine or Organocide , follow the directions on...

Tropical Plants: Paradise palm plant disease, paradise palm, palm plant
paradise palm, palm plant, container line: Hi Jacqui, the soil needs to be changed out, there is probably salt build up in it from years of fertilizing; get a new, larger container, line the bottom with some gravel (for drainage) and add new soil. Contained plants need this periodically, for the soil...

Tropical Plants: Pygmy date palm in freeze, pygmy date palms, cold snap
pygmy date palms, cold snap, date palm: Lisa, that often happens when a triple or double Pygmy Date stress for whatever reason, this one being a cold snap; the weakest one (or two in your case) fall by the weigh side and the strongest survives. If there is no crown at all, meaning no fronds at the...

Tropical Plants: palm roots, palm tree, yers
palm tree, yers, mulch: Hi Kath, no don t cover those roots! thats the flare and its perfectly normal for the roots to be showing; Palms outer tissue often curls up at the bottom (another common question I receive..)which is also a common phenomenon. That Palm is quite sturdy in...

Tropical Plants: pineapple, pineapple, thieves
pineapple, thieves: Hi Mary, it will, but it won t get any sweeter, only softer; this is why its important to hold off as long as possible , picking it, wait until its a brownish yellow color (and watch out for thieves, both two legged and four..) and then pick it. It will change...

Tropical Plants: pool planting, crape myrtles, pool planting
crape myrtles, pool planting, bouganvilla: Hi lisa, I am assuming that you are not putting up a cage, and if that is the case, then if you allow the Cape Myrtles to flower, and then prune them as the flowers begin to fade, you should be alright; without a cage, a pool can be a challenge from other...

Tropical Plants: Sea Grape roots, grape roots, sea grapes
grape roots, sea grapes, grape plants: Hi George, I see many Sea Grapes planted near sea walls all around me here in Florida, and many of them are much bigger then yours; I have never seen any penetration, so I am inclined to think they are not a serious threat. If it were to be a hindrance, then...

Tropical Plants: soil for tropical fruit tree in the container, wax jambu, pine barks
wax jambu, pine barks, air pockets: ...You are enlightening, I will give you that:)..no, you can t make bees pollinate what they don t want to....if they are present, they will pollinate what they want to, and some bees do not like melons, like Honey Bees, its the Bumble Bees that usually take...

Tropical Plants: Can I go tropical and how much?, extreme temperature changes, adventurous gardener
extreme temperature changes, adventurous gardener, sunset zones: The heliconia develop a continuing roots system, they grow from underground trailers, and need to be in the ground where they can run; the plumeria (or Frangipanis in Hawaii..) can be grown nicely in a container and the Protea in a very large container or...

Tropical Plants: Yellow Leaves, pygmy date palm, drainage holes
pygmy date palm, drainage holes, drainage hole: ...Line the bottom with about 2 inches of fine pea stone, water it well when it begins to dry out at the drainage hole, for this will tell you that the drainage stone is no longer holding excess water, and then you water it well until water begins to leak...

Tropical Plants: Yucca Elephantipes Cane Plant, yucca elephantipes, natural manner
yucca elephantipes, natural manner, globes: Hi Helen, you could, but at the expense of their growing in a natural manner; they will stunt if not given enough root space to expand; putting more then one in the same container only serves to exacerbates the problem. I recommend one in a container, and...

Tropical Plants: yucca plant, yucca plant, yuccas
yucca plant, yuccas, mild winter: Hi mick, Yuccas are susceptible to cold, so I wouldn t chance it, I had one in the ground here in South Florida, and it got nipped during our mild winter. If you have it in a container, move the container outside until the cold , then move it back in, thats...

Tropical Plants: Alexandra Palm disease, insecticidal soap, clay soil
insecticidal soap, clay soil, alexandras: Hi Louie, it sounds like Sooty Mold an innocuous fungus that is attracted to the secretions given off by small insects like Aphids, as they feed, the ants are also attracted to this substance; I would treat the effected fronds with an Insecticidal Soap to...

Tropical Plants: Angel Trumpet (Brugmansia), angel trumpet, new leaves
angel trumpet, new leaves, shady area: Hi Sara, any plant will stress for numerous reasons, be it a Brug.. or any other , what I need to know, is where you put it initially after it being indoors, for it needed to be adjusted, or as they say, hardened to the outdoors; did you put it in direct Sunlight...

Tropical Plants: adonidia and foxtail palms, foxtail palms, foxtails
foxtail palms, foxtails, exact height: Hi Tasha, I need more information, who planted them? and when planted,where they planted at the exact height that they came out of the nursery container? this is important, for even a couple of inches deeper and they will slowly decline. The fertilizing wasn...

Tropical Plants: Banana Leaf Palm, banana plants, banana leaf
banana plants, banana leaf, new leaves: Hi Cathy, it is usually a case of not enough fertilizer, Bananas plants, (not palm..) are heavy feeders and if not given enough will develop all types of growing abnormalities. There should only be a maximum of 5 plants growing together in the entire Mat (all...

Tropical Plants: Bird of Paradise, cramped quarters, bird of paradise
cramped quarters, bird of paradise, root system: Hi Robin, I would look to the container it is in, it sounds like the root system has become stressed (probably due to salt build up from fertilizing, or cramped quarters down there), and needs to be (as you are going to do..) transplanted; make certain that...

Tropical Plants: Bromilaid houseplant, bromelaid plant, soluble fertilizer
bromelaid plant, soluble fertilizer, houseplant: Hi lucinda, low light, no direct Sun! (hence the burnt leaf ends..), water the cup which is the center of the plant, with half a cup of water only! and another half cup in the soil, then wait until dry before watering again. A very easy plant to care for...

Tropical Plants: banana plant question, slow release fertilizer, banana plant
slow release fertilizer, banana plant, plant question: Hi Jamie, I have never successfully been able to develop a Banana in a container to maturity without problems; they just don t fare well in a cramped root area, the Corm (undeground Rhizome) needs plenty of space to develop and expand, and even the largest...

Tropical Plants: banana tree, slug bait, banana tree
slug bait, banana tree, slugs: Hi Sabine, probably Slugs, they feed at night and are not fussy at all about what greenery to devour. Slug bait works or sunken cups of Beer, (place the cup in the ground level with the ground itself, and fill with Beer, they are attracted to the Beer and...

Tropical Plants: bananas, potassium fertilizer, growing bananas
potassium fertilizer, growing bananas, high potassium: Hi Vivian, too bad you don t live near Port Charlotte, Fl, for I will be giving a presentation on growing Bananas; Bananas are Tropical , and the fact that you have been able to get them to set fruit is great! the reason they are what I call an inferior bunch.....

Tropical Plants: bromeliads, bromeliad, bloomer
bromeliad, bloomer, blooms: Just cut the spent bloom off, the parent plant will send out pups that will be the next bloomer, after the pups are well on their way , you can either leave them with the wilting parent, or cut them off and start them elsewhere. The parent plant only blooms...

Tropical Plants: brown leaves on banana, potassium fertilizer, high potassium
potassium fertilizer, high potassium, gallon pot: Hi Dee, my pleasure, ok, first you must know that Bananas do not fare well in containers, they tend to become stressed rather quickly, and need to be in the ground where the Corm can expand without limitations (underground root system); They need a high Potassium...

Tropical Plants: Croton Petra, climate zone, cooperative extension service
climate zone, cooperative extension service, sun morning: Hi Jacqueline, Crotons are a good choice, but make certain they are in an area where they are out of the afternoon Sun, Morning Sun until around 1pm is fine; mulch the area where they are planted to help keep the roots cooler and hold in moisture, so they...

Tropical Plants: Elephant Ear Parasite?, elephant ear, mealy bugs
elephant ear, mealy bugs, insecticidal soap: Hi Delaina, it sounds like either Scale or Mealy Bug both insects that are easily controlled with either an Insecticidal Soap, or a Horticultural Oil. Scale and Mealy Bugs are very prevalent this time of year, but with an Elephant Ear, I wouldn t be overly...

Tropical Plants: Moon Flowers, moon flowers, new leaves
moon flowers, new leaves, huntsville al: When the pod dries, there are hundreds of seeds inside it, these need to be soaked over night and then etched with a sharp instrument before planted; easy to grow and very prolific! also, be careful, because they are in the Datura family and considered very...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm, first frost, fronds
first frost, fronds, foxtail palm: Hi Stan, unfortunately it isn t like a tree, where you can cut a damaged section off and have it callous over and the rest of the tree will be fine; a Palm is entirely different and if the crown is indeed lifeless then the Palm will not generate any new growth...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm and Gardenia shrubs, adequate irrigation, right on target
adequate irrigation, right on target, irrigation system: Hi again, I am pretty sure I know what the problem was and you corrected it albeit maybe too late, when the workers covered the flare , where the roots meet the trunk, the decline started, this is fatal to a bush or tree, but it is a slow decline and many...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, foxtail palm, fishtail palm
foxtail palm, fishtail palm, foxtails: Yep ...all Foxtails, but very well kept ones,,this is why it is so important to fertilize and irrigate Palms properly when they are young, they will mature into the beautiful specimens depicted in your image; proper care during the formative years is paramount...

Tropical Plants: leaves turning yellow on my bouganvillea, potting soil, afternoon sun
potting soil, afternoon sun, new location: ...Move it to a location where it is out of the afternoon sun by 2pm, Bougs like a lot of Sun, but like anything else, there is a limit, and 118 degrees,,,,oooof! Once in its new location, you can back off the irrigating to twice a week when the soil is dry...

Tropical Plants: majestic palm tree, majesty palms, majestic palm
majesty palms, majestic palm, nursery containers: Hi John, Majesty , Palms have a spreading type growth , unlike the usual vertical growth of many other Palms; they tend to develop long fronds from soil level, this keeps their vertical growth down to approximately 5-7 feet in containers (outside in the ground...

Tropical Plants: majesty palm, majesty palm, spider mites
majesty palm, spider mites, signs of stress: Hi Cheryl,Majestys do better with indirect light, misting them is excellent, this will deter Spider Mites (a pest with these Palms..); you didn t mention the size of the container you put them in, but I am inclined to think that this will help considerably,...

Tropical Plants: musa dwarf cavendish, cold stress, fruit production
cold stress, fruit production, 15 months: Hi Matt, under ideal conditions, In the ground without cold stress, a Banana produces fruit in 12-15 months,,depending on variety; if in a container, good luck in ever getting it to produce, because contrary to what many will say, Bananas do not fare well...

Tropical Plants: newly planted pygmy with burning frawns, top soil, fronds
top soil, fronds, pygmy: Hi Debbie, yes, it sounds like whatever was in the compost has compromised the roots on the Palm; the yellowing fronds are a sure indicator,especially when the newly emerged fronds are yellowing. Lift the Palm, clear the roots of any residual compost and remove...

Tropical Plants: Passion flower leaves, monarch butterfly larvae, monarch butterfly
monarch butterfly larvae, monarch butterfly, passion flowers: It could be getting too much water, but don t be concerned, they are created to take a lot of punishment, for the Monarch Butterfly larvae feed on them and can often strip them bare, and they still come back! even better! They are a major source of food for...

Tropical Plants: Phoenix roebelenii, pygmy date palm, browning process
pygmy date palm, browning process, phoenix roebelenii: ...the soft trunk is an indication of root rot Troy, I am afraid once that sets in it is extremely difficult to turn it around. There isn t much more doctoring to be done I am afraid, if it is to turn the corner, it will be Mother Natures doing not yours....

Tropical Plants: Propogating plants, areca palm, new palm
areca palm, new palm, ixora: Hi Sue, propagation of Ixora is by taking 5 tip cuttings (they can be green or hardwood..) dipping them in a rooting hormone and putting them in Vermiculite; keep them in a shady area and cover the cuttings with a baggy with a couple of holes punched in it....

Tropical Plants: potted adonidia palm, potting soil, fronds
potting soil, fronds, stressful time: Hi Debbie, Palms need to adjust to a new surrounding when planted and often show stress while going through this adjustment; it sounds like you have all the bases covered, especially watching the watering, there is a happy median when it comes to irrigating...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm, queen palm, foliar spray
queen palm, foliar spray, nutrient deficiency: Hi Linda, welcome to the mystery of growing Palms that are not indigenous to a region, I am assuming you are in Florida, but even if not, you must know the Queens are not native to all the locations they are grown in the U.S. and therefore are subject to many...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm frawns, palm fronds, queen palms
palm fronds, queen palms, queen palm: There will not be any debris from the fronds themselves;and there won t be any other debris as long as you keep the pods cut off as soon as they form. If a frond needs to be cut off, because it is yellow or brown then make certain you cut the boot it is attached...

Tropical Plants: queen palm pruning, queen palms, queen palm
queen palms, queen palm, hard winter: Hi Corrie, without any fronds at all, it is doubtful that the Palm will send any out, in fact it is a wonder if it survives at all. Palms rely on fronds to photosynthesize (feed themselves) and without them they are doomed. If there is absolutely no sign of...

Tropical Plants: red banana with malformed leaves, gal container, nutrient deficiency
gal container, nutrient deficiency, last leaf: Hi Bob, what you are describing are the symptoms from Choke throat, an affliction from cold stressed Bananas, where growth is inhibited from the cold and then attempts to catch up when it warms; but this time of the season that is obviously not the case. It...

Tropical Plants: repair for over-watered ponytail palm, wet roots, ponytail palm
wet roots, ponytail palm, pony tails: Hi Carolyn, Pony Tails store all the water they need in that bulbous bottom they have, and a young one (like yours) in a container would easily be root damaged with the type of watering you gave it; what has happened is the crown has rotted because of the...

Tropical Plants: Soil Type/Houseplants, sphagnum peat moss, soil mixture
sphagnum peat moss, soil mixture, verticle blinds: Hi Mark, I always recommend a soilless mixture, which consists of 25% Sphagnum Peat Moss, 25% perlite, 25%Vermiculite and 25% shredded bark; this mixture ensures that the roots are never compromised with compaction, and have an even, aerated environment...

Tropical Plants: to or not to transplant 8 year old jaboticaba, compost manure, pine needle mulch
compost manure, pine needle mulch, indigenous soil: Hi Mel, it may well be too big for that container, and it may also have compacted soil , and your irrigation is not fully being uptaken by the roots, (filtering around the root ball and down the sides), I would pop it out and free up the roots and then put...

Tropical Plants: White Bird of Paradise with yellow leaves--follow up, perlite vermiculite, drainage holes
perlite vermiculite, drainage holes, peat moss: I would kick it up a tad, with a larger container, preferably a clay pot (my preference anyway..) for they allow the plant to utilize what it needs for moisture and quickly disperse the rest through the container, whereas the plastic ones tend to hold the...

Tropical Plants: White Bird of Paradise with yellow leaves, drainage holes, yellow leaves
drainage holes, yellow leaves, new leaves: The problem that arises when extreme heat is present, is people tend to water more, thinking that the plant is drying out; what they fail to do, is water thoroughly when needed, meaning water until it comes out the drainage holes, then you don t water again...

Tropical Plants: white bird of Paradise, underground pipes, orange version
underground pipes, orange version, white bird: I wouldn t put a White BOP, but the smaller Orange version is just fine, they both have fibrous type roots which are not considered invasive, but the larger White version can get a hefty Rhizome forming underneath and could possibly compromise underground...

Tropical Plants: yucca, yucca plant, deterioration
yucca plant, deterioration, stems: Hi Peggy, It obviously has been over watered by your son, they do not need much irrigating; It may or may not come back, but if you put it in full sun, and repot it with a new , lighter soil then only water when dry, then it may have a chance. The two green...

Tropical Plants: amaryllis plants, soil, soap
soil, soap, holes: Hi Toni, wait until the leaves are yellow and drooping, then cut them back to an inch or so from the top; clean all the soil off the bulb, use water and soap and clean them good, then dry them real well and store them in a plastic bag with holes punched in...

Tropical Plants: Banana tree in my yard, banana fingers, banana tree
banana fingers, banana tree, laundry room: Hi Joy, when the individual banana fingers plump out to point where you don t notice any more swelling over a period of a week or so, then they are as plump as they are going to be, and will begin to turn yellow, you don t want that to occur, you want to...

Tropical Plants: Bougainvillea HELP, miracle gro, bracts
miracle gro, bracts, boug: Hey Steve, ok, Bougs are really very easy to grow , what happens is people pay way too much attention to fertilizing and watering; they need little of both, what they do want is at least twice a year, a real severe pruning, I mean right down to halfway, this...

Tropical Plants: Bouganvilla losing leaves and flowers, bouganvilla plant, french door
bouganvilla plant, french door, fertilizer: Hi Stacy, Bougs are very sensitive to a change in environment and watering; they do not like much water, and will defoliate if given too much (that being an amount that isn t too much for most plants...). Make certain it is in a location that gets plenty of...

Tropical Plants: banana tree support, banana tree, gorgeous plant
banana tree, gorgeous plant, climate zone: Hi Lisa, this is a real uphill battle, first they need to be in the ground, no container can accommodate a Banana of this size; once in the ground, they need copious amounts of water and fertilizer to thrive, yet they will survive with less. You didn t say...

Tropical Plants: brown on the tips of my angel plant, fertilizer, dee
fertilizer, dee, humidity: Hi Dee, there are several reasons this could be happening, but the primary reason for this for a plant in a container, is that there probably is salt build up in the soil from fertilizer, and it needs to be changed out; another possibility is the need for...

Tropical Plants: care of "xmas" palm, christmas palm, light freeze
christmas palm, light freeze, climate zone: Hi Kathy, It is actually an Adonidia (common name Christmas Palm); it is not hardy and a freeze will severely harm or kill it. Your climate zone is suspect for this delicate a Palm, so I would be sure to place it in a location where it will have a larger...

Tropical Plants: draceana marginata, drainage holes, change of weather
drainage holes, change of weather, dracaena plant: Hi Brandi, you didn t mention how long this plant was in its container, but it sounds like the soil needs to be changed out; it could very well be pot bound and the soil is compacted around the root ball, not allowing water to actually get to the roots before...

Tropical Plants: Fox Tail Palm froze, fox tail, queen fans
fox tail, queen fans, sagos: Hi Belinda, The image doesn t look encouraging, albeit there is a little green showing on the terminal frond that you trimmed, if that green turns brown, then it is in fact. Kaput! Wait and see is all you can do now, keep it properly irrigated, but don t worry...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palms, foxtail palms, zone 9b
foxtail palms, zone 9b, brown roots: Hi Bette, Palms often show strange growth phenomenon during the life time, many times it is the roots system looking a little strange, like exposed roots, bark flaring up or curling, etc. what you are describing is probably just that, if the Palm is healthy,...

Tropical Plants: hibiscus sucker, foliar fertilizer, foliar spray
foliar fertilizer, foliar spray, favorable environment: Hi again Sue, the sucker is taking away energy from the parent, I would sever it from the parent and wait awhile before taking the parent in, this will give it time to collect the needed energy its going to need , when it is inside in a less favorable environment....

Tropical Plants: large banana trees, banana trees, corm
banana trees, corm, drench: Hi Carol, Bananas are surviviors and unless you kill the underground Corm , it will continue to send out pups; either digging up the Corm or saturating it with a drench is the only way to ensure they won t return. If you pour a total vegetation drench on...

Tropical Plants: Pigmy Palms has white powder, pigmy palms, pigmy palm
pigmy palms, pigmy palm, scale insect: This photo was kind of inconclusive, but you alluded to another, so I am going to check it out....bring a sample down to your local Cooperative Extension Service Agent (a county office) and have either he or a Master Gardner check it out also, because I am...

Tropical Plants: When to pick foxtail palm seeds., palm seeds, three quarters
palm seeds, three quarters, germination: Wait until they fall Mark, then be sure to soak them for about a week after scarifying them (cutting into the shell), then plant them in the soil (just barely covering them) and keep the area they are planted very warm...(this is important)..then be patient,...

Tropical Plants: queen anne palms, air pockets, queen anne
air pockets, queen anne, root ball: Hi Brad, You can transplant them, but when you lift them, ( I am assuming they are in the ground and you want to relocate them...) be sure to try to get as much of the root ball with attached soil as possible, and make sure you plant them in the new location...

Tropical Plants: Rowe red banana plant, banana plant, hours of sun
banana plant, hours of sun, humid environment: Hi Veronica, You didn t mention how big the plant was, if it is under 4 feet, you can containerize it for the Winter and place it near a window where it can get 6 hours of Sun, this will at least keep it alive for the season, but it won t thrive; Bananas are...

Tropical Plants: Royal Palm Root Structure, landscape company, root structure
landscape company, root structure, royal palm: Barbara, I am really at a loss hearing this, for I have seen many Royals right up against streets, structures even near septic systems that have not caused any kind of problems; if you check any city in South Florida, you will see them along streets, adjacent...

Tropical Plants: sick roebelenii, scale insect, horticultural oils
scale insect, horticultural oils, ace hardware: That is a Scale Insect, and needs to be treated with a Horticultural Oil, make sure you coat the Scale completely, let it work overnight, and wash it off (along with the dead Scale..)the next morning, repeat this treatment several times and you should get...

Tropical Plants: soil type for simi drwarf orange tree, washington navel, navel orange tree
washington navel, navel orange tree, spider mites: Oh my! I just read my response LOL....I am sorry Mischale, By all means do NOT plant it in the ground! Place it in a large container (as large as you can manage..) and be sure to line the containers bottom with a drainage medium, so that the roots are never...

Tropical Plants: Travelers Palm/Tree, fronds, tree question
fronds, tree question, optimum growth: ......at least 3 times a year for optimum growth; when its in need of fertilizing, it will draw nutrients from its lower fronds, and they begin to brown out; when you notice the middle fronds doing the same, then it is in desperate need of nutrients...

Tropical Plants: White Bird of Paradise, strelitzia reginae, transplant shock
strelitzia reginae, transplant shock, white bird: Hi Molly, I am thinking that your assumption is correct, transplant shock, and once it recovers, it should turn for you; this is providing that you keep it properly irrigated and in direct Sun. I hope you lined the bottom of your container with some drainage...

Tropical Plants: washingtonia robusta,invasive root span?, pool cages, drainage pipe
pool cages, drainage pipe, root barrier: Hi Martha, Palms do not root out like trees, they form a root system that is more like a root clump; the roots form close to the trunk and downward. I have seen 40 foot Palms right up against sidewalks, houses, septic systems and even pool cages with no problem....

Tropical Plants: Clerodendrum Quadriloculare Starburst, cayenne powder, bougainvillea plant
cayenne powder, bougainvillea plant, potting soil: Hi Sue, good to hear from you again, take tip cuttings, about 3 inches long, dip them in the rooting hormone and put them in moistened vermiculite, then cover them with a baggy and put them inside away from direct Sun; the baggy acts as a humidifier, keeping...

Tropical Plants: Care of a Mass Cane Stump, cold temperatures, rule of thumb
cold temperatures, rule of thumb, frond: Hi Al, as with most cold damaged plants, they need to be left alone until new growth emerges in a month or so, then you will have a clearer picture of just what needs to excised; the rule of thumb is that if the frond or leaf is completely brown then it can...

Tropical Plants: Christmas Palms, vero beach florida, christmas palm
vero beach florida, christmas palm, fronds: Hi Belinda, you need to be patient with cold stressed Palms (any variety...), Adonidia (Christmas Palm..) sheds its own fronds, so they will fall off on their own; the heart of the Palm , where the newly emerging fronds appear is the key to whether it lives...

Tropical Plants: my cat palm's leaves are turning brown at the tips, plant palm, bottom couple
plant palm, bottom couple, pea stone: I revised the last question to include the repotting (which I had forgot to mention..), but I ll put it here also, you do need to repot, because these plants come in transient containers, that meant for temporary use only, and the plant (palm in your case..)is...

Tropical Plants: coconut palm, coconut palm, cold stress
coconut palm, cold stress, palm tree: Hi Mikala, all you can hope for, is that the heart of the Palm is still viable; Coconuts are one of the more sensitive Palms when it comes to cold stress, if the emerging spear stays green then there is a chance, but if it too is browning out, then chances...

Tropical Plants: Damaged Palm Trees and Shrubs from Frost, trees and shrubs, brown leaves
trees and shrubs, brown leaves, palm trees: Hi Byron, right now all the superficial damage is evident, the brown leaves, fronds etc. it is the inner tissue and roots that are important however, if they are still viable, then new growth will eventually emerge, but (as I have told numerous people in the...

Tropical Plants: Fox Tail palm cold damage, foxtail palms, proper irrigation
foxtail palms, proper irrigation, lightening strikes: Hi Jason, its not borers, they are bleeding from the severe cold stress, (yes Palms bleed..when exposed to trauma, be it lightening strikes, nails or severe cold entering the internal membranes), all you can do at this point, is maintain proper irrigation...

Tropical Plants: Fox tail palms, fox tail palms, lightening strikes
fox tail palms, lightening strikes, cold snap: The cold snap was a very severe one, and traumatized many Palms, this is a reaction that is referred to as bleeding , where internal liquids actually are forced to the surface, it often happens from physical trauma like lightening strikes; all you can do...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm, foxtail palms, 6 years
foxtail palms, 6 years, phenomenon: Hi Eileen, no concern, this is a common phenomenon that occurs with Palms and the worst thing you can do is attempt to cover it with soil; just leave it be and don t try to compensate in any way. I am sure the Palm is growing just fine, and as long as it...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palms, foxtail palms, peat moss
foxtail palms, peat moss, gallon containers: Hi Donna, dig the hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the root ball, backfill them same soil that came out back in to the halfway point, remove the Palm from the nursery container, and loosen up the root ball, so the roots are dangling and free, then place...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail palm, foxtail palms, crispy critters
foxtail palms, crispy critters, banana tree: Hi Cherie, first my condolences, for we too are devastated here in Florida, so you are not alone, that said, the answer is NO!...Palms are not like Bananas, where new growth will emerge from the cut section, if you cut the top of any Palm, it is KAPUT!...let...

Tropical Plants: Freeze, neutron bomb, queen palm
neutron bomb, queen palm, foxtails: ..you can prune off the brown fronds, but for aesthetics, it won t harm nor help from a cultural standpoint; soil is extremely important, the ideal PH for gardenias is usually below 6.0, if higher they will suffer, but the Foxtails will do fine in just about...

Tropical Plants: Frozen Tropical plants, sweet potato plants, crown of thorns
sweet potato plants, crown of thorns, sarasota florida: Hi Leny, all those listed plants should come back for you except the crown of thorns, they may not; just because they look dead, doesn t mean they are not still viable in the roots, check the cambium layer under the bark by scratching it with your nail,...

Tropical Plants: Ants!, grits, ants
Tropical Plants: Ants!, grits, ants

Tropical Plants: pygmy date palm, pygmy date palms, pygmys
Tropical Plants: pygmy date palm, pygmy date palms, pygmys, tropical plants

Tropical Plants: fox tail plams, stressed plants, fox tail
stressed plants, fox tail, palms: Wait and watch it Robert, the verdict will take time, but people tend to lose patience and remove cold stressed plants/palms before they get a chance to refurbish themselves; in many cases the plants do revive, in others they get progressively worse, but it...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, foxtail palms, foxtail palm
foxtail palms, foxtail palm, flood lamps: Hi Cathy, you didn t mention how big/old the Foxtail was, this is important, because an older, established Palm can take cold stress much more then a newly planted one; that said, pack mulch or straw around the base to protect the ground over the root ball...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, frond, foxtail palm
frond, foxtail palm, mother nature: Hi Frank, it will take some time for the verdict to come in from Mother Nature, if the crown becomes mushy then the Palm is gone, but watch the crown and the emerging frond (spear) this will tell whether its going to make it or not, if that spear turns completely...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palms,fishtail palms, areca palms, foxtail palms, palm fronds
foxtail palms, palm fronds, areca palms: Hi Gladys, the rule of thumb when it comes to removing Palm fronds, whether during a cold spell or not, is if the frond is completely brown, then remove it, if there is any green at all left showing, then LEAVE IT!, for it is still functioning, and during...

Tropical Plants: frost, brown leaves, fronds
brown leaves, fronds, treatment processes: Bonnie, you didn t mention the types, be Palms, Perennials, bushes, trees etc. and they all have some different treatment processes, but generally, you need to trim off the totally brown leaves or fronds, but only for aesthetics, there is no harm in letting...

Tropical Plants: frost bite and plumeria, cold snap, sw florida
cold snap, sw florida, frost bite: Hi Lisa, cut off the mushy , damaged extremities, the exposed parts will callous over and new growth will commence in the Spring; we should be ok now that January is past, but just in case, if we do get another cold snap, wrap them tight with a blanket or...

Tropical Plants: frostbitten banana tree, banana trees, banana tree
banana trees, banana tree, petiole: Hi Tara, it all depends on the Corm (underground Rhizome or root), if it is compromised, then the plant is toast, but if it is still viable, then new growth will develop, what you need to do is cut the main trunk (pseudostem) below the lowest petiole (leaf...

Tropical Plants: Growing fruit on my banana trees, banana trees, protection fabric
banana trees, protection fabric, climate zone: Joe,,,they will produce fruit, but it won t be what I call a significant bunch, it will be a small bunch that I don t condsider worth nurturing; I usually cut a frozen plant off at the Corm (underground rhizome), and let the Corm put its energy into a new...

Tropical Plants: mixing plants, mixing plants, inch pot
mixing plants, inch pot, southern exposure: If you put anything else in that 18 inch container, the roots are going to compete with the BOP, and it will suffer as a result, but if you really want to go ahead with this, I would go with a shallow rooted annual such as Marigolds or Petunias; the same annuals...

Tropical Plants: Pachira leaf turning marble white, drainage holes, pachira tree
drainage holes, pachira tree, wet side: Hi Jerry, that is usually (not always...) an indication of a nutrient deficiency, but if (as you say...) it is getting too much water , the roots could be running into problems; check the drainage holes in the container, if they are wet, then back off watering...

Tropical Plants: Palm fern, potted fern, screen porch
potted fern, screen porch, home depot: Hi Gary, It seems you may have excised more roots then proper for the size of the crown, and this may be why it is in a stressed condition; that said, I would just be patient with it, and mist it frequently to assure it gets proper hydration. Don t water it...

Tropical Plants: Palm tree frost, banana trees, soil level
banana trees, soil level, palm trees: ...Bananas are different, your neighbor is partially correct, pups will always emerge from the underground Corm (Rhizome), but it isn t necessary to cut the Parent plant down to soil level, you can just remove all the melted leaves and allow the main stem...

Tropical Plants: Pygmy Date Palm, volunteer job, date palm
volunteer job, date palm, cold damage: Hi Ellen, first I have to tell you, this is a very depressing volunteer job this time of year, it seems all my questions are those of despair, because of cold damage, but here is the answer, if there is any green at all showing on the fronds then they shouldn...

Tropical Plants: how to prum saga palm after a freeze, sago palms, sagos
sago palms, sagos, sorry for the confusion: ...I m sorry for the confusion,,the main trunk is the fat center trunk with the fronds attached to it, they snap off very easily, but again, be careful, they are sharp..are you sure they are Sagos??..Sagos only get to be about 8 feet tall...let me know, so...

Tropical Plants: pygmy date palm, date palms, fox tails
date palms, fox tails, cold stress: Hi Jim, The Pygmy Dates are much more resistant to cold stress then the Foxtails; I wouldn t be overly concerned about the comeback of the Date Palms, but the Foxtails are a different story, watch the emerging frond, the one that looks like a spear coming...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm Frost Damage in Houston, queen palms, queen palm
queen palms, queen palm, weather this weekend: Hi Teri, You didn t mention when the Palms were put in, but it sounds like it might have been recent, hence the stress factor from the cold (being newly planted and not having enough time to set themselves...); there really isn t anything you can do this...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palms, queen palms, proper irrigation
queen palms, proper irrigation, cold weather: Brian, Queens are one of the more resilient of the Palms, even though they may look pretty beat up, the chances are they will recuperate; all you can do to help them is maintain proper irrigation, and watch the center of the crown, this will be the tale of...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palms, queen palms, northwest florida
queen palms, northwest florida, washingtonians: Hi Kim, go ahead in remove them if they have bent or snapped, thats fine, and if they are totally brown also, just keep in mind that any fronds that show any green at all and are not collapsed need to remain, for the Palm needs all the help it can get when...

Tropical Plants: Queen palm, cabbage palm, queen palm
cabbage palm, queen palm, proper nutrients: Hi Skip, the rule of thumb with any Palm is not to remove a frond unless it is completely brown, for they need all the help they can get to survive here in Florida, because of the fact that they are non indigenous (The Cabbage Palm is the only indigenous...

Tropical Plants: queen palms and hard freeze, queen palms, rope light
queen palms, rope light, pensacola fl: You can wrap the base of the Palm with a blanket to keep the root system from freezing and also water it well , for the water will release warmth as the air cools; other then that, there really isn t much more you can do with a Palm of that size, but Queens...

Tropical Plants: Sea grape plant, grape plant, sea grape
grape plant, sea grape, heavy rain: Hi Philippe, leave them be for now, wait until new growth commences before pruning to the desired shape; they will shed leaves in abundance when cold stressed, but this is nothing to be too concerned about, as long as they are still viable, they will bounce...

Tropical Plants: Tropical fruits trees after frost, time span, tropical fruits
time span, tropical fruits, lychee: The Lychee and Guava should be left alone until new growth emerges in a month or so (if they are still alive), scratch the bark occasionaly in that time span to check for green underneath , which will indicate the tree is still alive. Once new growth emerges,...

Tropical Plants: Banana plant selection, banana plant, plant selection
banana plant, plant selection, puter: Hi Bob, first of all, for some reason a bunch of questions never made it to my puter, I will be inquiring with Experts.com to why this happened, so sorry for the late answer; The pups should probably be contained until the Spring, so they can be protected...

Tropical Plants: Banana trees, other tropicals winter care, banana trees, hibiscus plants
banana trees, hibiscus plants, winter care: Tim, if the ground doesn t freeze, then you can allow it to freeze back to ground level, then mulch heavily over it to protect the Corm, and new growth should commence in the Spring. I wouldn t cut them back before a freeze though, or you will just encourage...

Tropical Plants: banana fertilizer, quonset hut, mild winter
quonset hut, mild winter, quarter mile: Lesco is located over at the industrial park of of Enterprise Ave.(off 776) about a quarter mile in of 41, take a right at Enterprise and its down about 200 yards or so on the left,, you will see the sign and you drive right into a quonset hut and they will...

Tropical Plants: Pigmy Date Palm, drainage holes, nursery containers
drainage holes, nursery containers, date palm: Those containers are nursery containers that are only meant for transporting and temporary storage at the box stores; it is probably root bound and the water isn t getting to the entire root system,,probaby running out the drainage holes before the Palm can...

Tropical Plants: Sick/Dying Queen Palm, giant liriope, queen palm
giant liriope, queen palm, white fungus: Hi David, you mentioned a planter type location, therein lies the problem, it has done fine up to now, for the root system had enough soil base to expand, but now it is probably running into a barrier underneath and is stressing; I am not there and can t...

Tropical Plants: BOUGAINVILLEAS, seasonal blooms, terminal buds
seasonal blooms, terminal buds, bougainvillea plant: Bougs do indeed need to be trimmed back periodically, but the quandary seems to be, when. so as not to trim off the terminal buds ,and ruin the colorful bracts that are the attraction of this plant; I trim mine in early Spring , severely, meaning I take of...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm Browning, foxtail palms, foxtail palm
foxtail palms, foxtail palm, frost blanket: there are a number of reasons for this to occur, but it sounds like a fungal problem; it is difficult to determine a problem over the internet (without physically seeing it..), but it does sound like a fungus. Also, who and how was it planted, this is important...

Tropical Plants: Foxtails in philly, spider mites, wind velocity
spider mites, wind velocity, sunny window: Gary, they will begin to stress when the mid 30 s are reached, when will they sustain damage?..factors such as wind velocity , humidity etc. have to be considered. Suffice to say, if it is dipping into the 30 s then you need to begin the transition inside,...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, insect infestations, foxtail palms
insect infestations, foxtail palms, carpenter ants: Very common in Queens, and as I said , there is nothing you can do about it, except watch for insect infestations inside, and spray if you see any; sometimes Carpenter Ants will make a nest up inside the curled area, but still not a problem to the palm itself....

Tropical Plants: Periwinkle Plant Help, vinca, mccann
vinca, mccann, pests: Periwinkle Vinca runs its course and when it is past its prime needs to be pruned back to encourage new growth; We have it here in Florida growing wild, and as is the case with yours, it will eventually become leggy and yellowed. I just cut it back to almost...

Tropical Plants: tibouchina grandiflora, leaf drop, tropical plants
leaf drop, tropical plants, grandiflora: The weather is changing, and the nights are getting colder, it is times like this that too much moisture in the soil going into the night can become detrimental; the amount of watering you gave them during the Summer months needs to be reined in. Water in...

Tropical Plants: banana plant, banana plant, sw florida
banana plant, sw florida, cold nights: Hi Kathryn, because of the timing of the emergence of the pod, it is difficult to be optimistic, even with the covering of the bunch with a blanket; the problem is, cold nights are hindering the development and the growth of the plant itself. The upside is,...

Tropical Plants: bugs, aerosol spray, hibiscus tree
aerosol spray, hibiscus tree, flying insects: Robin, they are hatching out of the soil in the Hibiscus, take the plant outside and repot it with new soil; once you do this then you can eliminate the remaining flys (albeit I don t know what type they are..) with an aerosol spray for flying insects. Spray...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail browning, tropical palm, foxtail
tropical palm, foxtail, fronds: Hi Gary, I agree, after a period of time, the effects of the impediment of the sunlight coming through the glass will begin to manifest itself in the plant, and in this case, your tropical palm. I would invest in a grow light , so the proper UV is provided....

Tropical Plants: freeze/banana plants, banana plants, dead leaves
banana plants, dead leaves, e mail: Hi Debra, First of all, please know that I didn t receive this question until just now,,for some reason, my questions some times don t make it through to my e-mail. Ok, just cut back all the dead leaves and the main trunk down to the point where it is still...

Tropical Plants: Hawaiian Ti, cold snap, north florida
cold snap, north florida, roots: Hey may indeed come back, but it will be a slow process and another such freeze will assuredly do them in; do not prune them at this point, this will just asabate the situation, leave them be, and next time a cold snap is predicted, cover the with a blanket,...

Tropical Plants: queen ann palm, frost blanket, queen ann
frost blanket, queen ann, fronds: They are hardy down into the high 20 s, but if you are talking lower then that, then water the base real well the afternoon before the freeze and wrap the heart with a heavy blanket or a frost blanket; the heart is the area just below the lower fronds...

Tropical Plants: Zygocactus (Christmas Cactus), hallway light, indirect sunlight
hallway light, indirect sunlight, zygocactus: Hi Sam, you made two mistakes,,too high of temperature (73) it needs cooler...around 50-60,,and you need to limit its watering,.wait for it to dry out completely, then water it. One last thing, it needs high humidity,,which can be achieved by placing a saucer...

Tropical Plants: 8 year old queen palm tree apprx. 25ft high, queen palm, gallon cans
queen palm, gallon cans, palm trees: Hi Sami, that is a pretty common phenomenon , often the tissue (not bark, for Palms have tissue...) will curl up and expose the roots, or the soil will erode away exposing the roots, in either case you need to just leave it be, there really isn t anything...

Tropical Plants: areca palms, areca palms, soil level
areca palms, soil level, start at the bottom: Hi Sybil, start at the bottom and methodically begin to prune each frond at the main trunk, eventually you will have a clean specimen that will look like a Bamboo, with the trunk showing and the remaining fronds at the crown; there really isn t any way to...

Tropical Plants: bangalow palm, bangalow palms, date palms
bangalow palms, date palms, butt rot: The crown has collapsed from a stress crack that has been expanding along the crown line, this is a pretty common phenononom and it needed to be caught while the crack was developing and corrected with a brace at that point; I am afraid that if the crown has...

Tropical Plants: Frozen Queen Palm, copper fungicide, queen palms
copper fungicide, queen palms, queen palm: Hi Bill, The key to a Palm surviving a cold stress, is the heart itself, if it is still alive, then the fronds are of no real concern; if the fronds are completely brown, then they can be removed immediately, but if there is any green at all on them then they...

Tropical Plants: freeze damage to areca palm tree, bismark palm, florida temperatures
Tropical Plants: freeze damage to areca palm tree, bismark palm, florida temperatures, christmas palm

Tropical Plants: foxtail, foxtail palms, rich soil
foxtail palms, rich soil, berm: Hi Vasilis, it is always best to plant them in the existing soil base, so that the roots will naturally expand out into it, otherwise (if you augment it with nice , rich soil..) the roots will stay in the desirable mix and make for a weak root system down...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm, yellow halo, copper fungicide
yellow halo, copper fungicide, new palm: Hi Vasilis, from what you depict, it sounds like you are indeed applying too much irrigation , the ground is pretty cold during the Winter and the worse combination (especially for a new Palm..) is cold ground and too much moisture, the roots have not really...

Tropical Plants: freeze damage to areca palm tree, areca palm tree, arecas
areca palm tree, arecas, cold damage: Hi Tom, I am in Port Charlotte, and I too have cold damage to my Palms, but Arecas are not a worry, they are very durable; the frond damage is significant, but new fronds will emerge within the month and it will be fine. Wait until you see new growth from...

Tropical Plants: indoor palm tree all brown leaves, granular fertilizer, indoor palm
granular fertilizer, indoor palm, spider mites: bhale, you are watering way too much first of all, and this is compromising the root system, the damage is manifesting itself in the crown, hence the browning fronds; you will need to back off the watering (if its not already too late..) and let it try to...

Tropical Plants: Palm tree, palm fronds, palm specialist
palm fronds, palm specialist, lake elsinore california: I would contact your local Cooperative Extension Service , and the agent will be able to have a sample of your Palm fronds diagnosed by a Palm specialist. There are numerous diseases the afflict Palms and even experts need to put them under a microscope to...

Tropical Plants: Philodendron Selloum, cold stress, cold snap
cold stress, cold snap, dead tissue: Hi Rick, I can pretty much assume what they look like, and as long as the ground didn t freeze, the roots should be fine; as far as pruning them back, it is best to wait until warmer weather, then you will have a clearer picture of what needs to be pruned....

Tropical Plants: Potted something, pygmy date palm, kiss principal
pygmy date palm, kiss principal, queen palm: Ok, as I said, there are plenty of choices, but I would narrow it down to the following, (and you can bring them up on your search engine as images, so you get a better feel...), Bambusa Multiplex Alphonse Karr (Bamboo),, Split leaf Philodendron,,,any of...

Tropical Plants: my palm trees are dying, palm trees, house plants
palm trees, house plants, dead trees: ...Hi again, ok, it probably would be a good idea to repot them, I don t (and you probably don t either...) know how long they have been in the present containers, so it is a good hunch that they may be pot bound ; you need to get them out of the container...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm, queen palms, queen palm
queen palms, queen palm, madisonville louisiana: Hi Lisette, you can trim them at anytime, but make certain that the frond is entirely brown and there is no green showing , at all; if there is even a trace of green left, then the frond is still functioning and is very important to the health of the Palm,...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palms, queen palms, wait until spring
queen palms, wait until spring, fronds: Hi Charles, if the fronds show any green at all, leave them be, for they are vital and still functioning (photosynthesizing); a cold stressed Palm needs all the help it can get to survive and something as simple as removing fronds that are still viable,...

Tropical Plants: Red Banana tree, south west florida, banana tree
south west florida, banana tree, underground root: Yes, normally you would just cut off the damaged leaves etc. but when a Banana is severely compromised like yours, then it needs to be cut in half , and new growth will come right out of the center of the cut and within days; a Banana will continue to try...

Tropical Plants: Robilini Palm frozen, soil level, fronds
soil level, fronds, death sentence: Hi Annie, No, you can t top a Palm, its a death sentence, for you will be excising the very area that new growth emerges; you need to prune off the totally brown fronds, and leave any that have green still showing. New growth will eventually emerge from the...

Tropical Plants: Sago Palms w/white stuff, sago palms, dissease
sago palms, dissease, sagos: Hi Viv, its an insect called Aucalaspis Scale, (spelling may be a little off...), and it is the bane of Sago Palms; You need to spray the palm with a Horticultural Oil, combined with a Insectecidal drench, which you mix and pour right into the soil, so the...

Tropical Plants: Schefflera, carpenter ant, shefflera
carpenter ant, shefflera, cold stress: ...No Jim, don t be in a rush to excise the dead tissue, you need new growth to appear so that you have a clearer picture of just what needs to be removed; the cuttings shouldn t rot if the soil is kept at the right level of moisture content, and that is damp,...

Tropical Plants: Shallow rooted Queen Palm, queen palm, hurricane charley
queen palm, hurricane charley, helath: Steve, this is pretty common really, it looks a lot worse then it is, the curl at the bottom exposes the roots and it looks as if it is uprooting itself, but it takes an awful lot to bring a Palm of that size down, like a category 4 or 5 Hurricane; it may...

Tropical Plants: sago palm, citrus trres, sago palm, insect infestation
sago palm, insect infestation, lemon trees: Hi Janet, wait until a clearer picture of what is alive and what is dead, then excise the dead wood and tissue, but you must wait for more then just a start of growth; the key is to remove dead and dying wood before insect infestation, but after new growth...

Tropical Plants: scheffelera plant, south louisiana, hard freeze
south louisiana, hard freeze, good chance: Hi Suzanne, the checking of the Cambium layer under the bark is the test to whether it is alive or not, but time will tell if it lives or continues to decline, and all you can do is make sure it is properly irrigated and misted; Scheffs are pretty resilient,...

Tropical Plants: transplanting sago palms, transplanting sago palms, sun city ca
transplanting sago palms, sun city ca, drip system: Hi Rena, I have advised others in similar situations, and I don t hesitate to recommend getting a specialist to move them for you, its just too difficult a job for those without the right tools and the know-how; Palms have spreading roots, and they bulk of...

Tropical Plants: Umbrella plant & pothos issues, golden pothos, sphagnum moss
golden pothos, sphagnum moss, eco earth: I have to tell you Heather, that is not a lot of room for root spread, especially for the plants you mentioned, and therein I feel, lies your problem; the ambient temperature is fine, but these plants need ample room for their roots to spread for proper nutrient...

Tropical Plants: adonidia palm cold damage, port charlotte florida, zone 9b
port charlotte florida, zone 9b, cold stress: Hi Cynthia, albeit lethal yellowing is a threat to Christmas Palms, many areas aren t effected by it as of yet, (I don t know where you live..#, but this time of year, and given the extremely cold spell we had last month, I am inclined to think it has been...

Tropical Plants: areca palm with freeze damage, freeze damage, fronds
freeze damage, fronds, standpoint: Now it is time to be patient, you have done everything you need to do from a pruning standpoint, when new growth commences, you will have a better idea on what is viable and what isn t; keep it properly watered and wait and see. When new growth starts from...

Tropical Plants: arecas, aesthetic standpoint, cold stress
aesthetic standpoint, cold stress, fronds: Hi Stanley, Arecas are among the most resilient plants when it comes to cold stress; they look terrible when stung,but usually rebound nicely when warmer weather occurs. Wait until you begin to see new fronds emerging from the center, then methodically begin...

Tropical Plants: Bird of Paradise Leaves, cold stress, vote of confidence
cold stress, vote of confidence, tropical plants: Hi Beverly, thanks for the vote of confidence:)...BOP s are tropical plants and suffer cold stress whenever exposed to temps below 40 degrees, so the splitting and all around dilapidated look is from cold stress; as long as the roots are still viable, you...

Tropical Plants: BROMELIAD, liquid fertilizer, lowes store
liquid fertilizer, lowes store, bromeliad: Dave, Bromeliads like to be kept damp, but not standing in water, and filtered light is fine; give you plant a liquid fertilizer, like Miracle-Grow at half the prescribed strength 2-3 times a year. Its flower should last quite awhile, and you will eventually...

Tropical Plants: Cataractarum Palm, copper fungicide, cataractarum palm
copper fungicide, cataractarum palm, home depot: Hi Vanessa, It sounds like it was sprayed with a fungicide, probably to counteract that fungal problem that it is obviously experiencing (from your description...); it wouldn t hurt to spray it down with a Copper fungicide yourself (follow instructions on...

Tropical Plants: Christmas Palms, cold snap, frond
cold snap, frond, palms: Hi Sue, if the center , (emerging spear) is brown, then it is likely that the heart of the Palm has been compromised and the Palm is in fact dead, but I always advise people to be patient, for sometimes a plant (or Palm in this case...) appears dead, even...

Tropical Plants: Crotons/Ixora, inexpensive plants, cold spell
inexpensive plants, cold spell, welcome to paradise: Angela, welcome to paradise! albeit you wouldn t know it with the cold damaaged , stressed horticulture surrounding us right now; crotons and ixoras are two plants that really got damaged by the cold spell we had last month, and if (as you say..) the cambium...

Tropical Plants: coconut palms, coconut palms, sarasota fl
coconut palms, sarasota fl, crown rot: Hi Kathy, I am in Port Charlotte, so I can empathize with you, for I too have gone through that horrible cold spell we had; if there is still any green at all showing on any of the fronds then don t so anything drastic, yet! It is still too early for new...

Tropical Plants: cotton palm, copper fungicide, proper drainage
copper fungicide, proper drainage, root development: Hi Gary, nice to hear from those down under , usually it is a case of not being happy where it is planted because of a problem in the soil (something leaching into it..) or something hindering its root development (the fence or structure that it is up against..);...

Tropical Plants: Fallen Queen Palm Tree, queen palm, cooperative extension agent
queen palm, cooperative extension agent, record rainfall: It sounds bad Barbara, but without seeing it, I won t dare diagnose either yea or nay, my advice is to contact your local Cooperative Extension Agent, and see if he or she can arrange for a Master Gardner to take a look; if the trunk is split at ground level,...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm, foxtail palms, daily basis
foxtail palms, daily basis, hard freeze: Tug on the newest frond or spear , if it pulls out (as I suspect it will...) then the Palm has succumbed. If however it holds fast, then in all probability, it is still dying but has a slight chance. The fact that there is no green at all is what I am making...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm after frost, foxtail palms, copper fungicide
foxtail palms, copper fungicide, questioners: Jason, at this point in time I am still advising questioners to take a wait and see position, for the weather is just now starting to warm up to the point where new growth should commence; tug on the center spear , if it is holding fast then there is still...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm bent frnd, frond, fronds
frond, fronds, lolly: Hi lolly, I am afraid if the spine of the frond is broken, albeit no separated, it should be removed, even though it is still partially functioning, it cannot be repaired in the true sense of the word; it will begin to brown out now, and would look bad even...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palm tree, soil potassium, foxtail palms
soil potassium, foxtail palms, micro nutrients: I am assuming this is the same Gary that asked the other question about the shocked Palm in a container (transplanted..) so I am going to tell you that in its present state, nutrients applied to the soil are not going to be taken up anyway, because of the...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palms, foxtail palms, secondary roots
foxtail palms, secondary roots, transplant shock: Gary, when you transplanted them did you lift the entire root ball with soil attached? (I hope!) or did it come out with just the bare roots; if it was replanted with bare roots, it may be going through transplant shock. You have to take a wait and see approach...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palms, foxtail palms, soil need
foxtail palms, soil need, secondary roots: ..No, if you were to yank it out, you would disturb the secondary roots, but you are going to be lifting it, after loosening the sides, and then immediately inserting it into the new one. Keep in mind that Palms are really meant to be in the ground, so its...

Tropical Plants: frost damage, mexican fan palm, terminal bud
mexican fan palm, terminal bud, palm trees: Hi Jerry, It appears to be the remains of a Mexican fan Palm, and it is dead, especially given the fact that the bud pulled right out when you tugged on it; I will look at the other image and see if it has any chance (in my opinion...) of turning the corner...

Tropical Plants: Houston Queen Palm Freeze Damage, queen palms, queen palm
queen palms, queen palm, resilent: Steve, the tale of the tape won t be apparent for about a month or so, the nights need to sustain over 50 degrees for plant life in general to revitalize, and this includes Palms showing new, emerging growth; once you notice a new spear being generated out...

Tropical Plants: Indoor Palm, indoor palm, morning sunlight
indoor palm, morning sunlight, potting soil: Hi Ashley, ok, first of all, you are watering it too much, second, it is tropical by nature and needs high humidity, this can be duplicated with misting, keeping the fronds moist but the soil relatively dry; mites can be a problem in a dry environment, but...

Tropical Plants: King Palms Trunk Split, edison electric, crack up
edison electric, crack up, root base: Hi Danny, that s a phenomenon that is really quite common with a lot of Palms, as long as it isn t effecting the health of the Palm I wouldn t be too concerned; keep an eye on it and if it widens then you may have to consult a local expert to come out and...

Tropical Plants: Mass Cane Houseplant, perilite, corn plant
perilite, corn plant, salt buildup: ...they do just fine in just about any lighting, the color of the leaves will be deeper in a shadier location and lighter in a sunnier location, temperatures can vary also, but not extremes; I would wait until the night temps stay over 50 degrees before bringing...

Tropical Plants: Mussaenda- how severe can it be pruned?, node, mussaenda
node, mussaenda: Hi Jane, go to the main trunk and begin scraping it,start at the top and when you finally see green then that is where you will prune, from that point up, for that is the area that is still viable, and new growth will emerge from side shoots at that point....

Tropical Plants: mass cane plant freeze damage, southwest florida, freeze damage
southwest florida, freeze damage, freezes: Hi Richard, it should be fine, mine got hit too here in Southwest Florida, but I just cut back the dead wood until I reached healthy tissue and there is already side shoots popping out along the main trunk; scratch the bark and when you see the Cambium layer...

Tropical Plants: Plumeria Pruning, proper shape, mother plant
proper shape, mother plant, plumeria plants: Hi Stephanie, wait until they begin to show new growth and then cut the extraneous growth off; the cut end will callous over and new growth will appear as side shoots below the cut. Take the stems you cut off, and lay them in a shady spot until you see the...

Tropical Plants: Is my pygmy date palm dead? (pics inside), pygmy date palm, terminal bud
pygmy date palm, terminal bud, cold stress: Hi Kim, you have my condolences, I am getting reports from all over about the severity of the Winter this year, even here in South Florida! Usually Pygmy Dates are pretty resistant and can take low temps, but even they will succumb to temps below 30 degrees...

Tropical Plants: pygmy palm tree, palm tree, fronds
palm tree, fronds, shrub: Hi Sandy, unlike a shrub, a Palm cannot be pruned back, you must take care not to cut the crown (the top..), individual fronds may be removed if they are completely brown, but thats about it; keep it watered properly and spray the crown with a Copper Fungicide...

Tropical Plants: Queen Palm Got Too Cold, queen palm, copper fungicide
queen palm, copper fungicide, degree temperatures: Ok, thats good news that the crown is still green, that tells me that you successfully protected the root system from freezing (hopefully..); keep it properly irrigated (as you have been...) not over wet though! spray the crown down with a Copper Fungicide,...

Tropical Plants: queen palm, queen palm, winter frost
queen palm, winter frost, fronds: Hi Ron, cut off any fronds that are completely brown, but if there is even a hint of green remaining, leave them be, for they are still providing crucial help in feeding the stressed palm; if the entire crown is totally brown, then the palm is probably dead,...

Tropical Plants: remove banana tree, banana trees, banana tree
banana trees, banana tree, mature tree: Hi Darlene, if nothing else, Bananas are resilient! underground there is a large Rhizome called a Corm, its like a big Potato, and as long as it is viable, it will continue to send out pups; this Corm must be either dug up, or killed with a herbicidal drench...

Tropical Plants: repotting pony tail plant, pony tail plant, drainage holes
pony tail plant, drainage holes, pony tails: Hi Felicia, the container it is in is called a nursery container, and it is meant for temporary use only (until the plant is sold by the store); you need to get a container that is at least twice its size, line the bottom of the new container with about 2...

Tropical Plants: Tropical plants, majesty palms, moultrie georgia
majesty palms, moultrie georgia, plants and seeds: Hi Frank, Majesty Palms will survive down to 30 degrees with just limited cold stress, but a hard freeze will do them in (the ground freezing); I would plant them in a container and start working them back inside gradually around November. Inside care requires...

Tropical Plants: Windmill palm, windmill palm, proper irrigation
windmill palm, proper irrigation, crown area: Vickie, thats not much of a root system for that size palm, it seems you lost a lot of it in the digging process; I know its difficult to shovel a large root system, this is why professionals use machines that are able to scoop a much larger portion. Honestly,...

Tropical Plants: white things flying around at work, florecent lighting, aerosol spray
florecent lighting, aerosol spray, insecticidal soap: Hi Teresa, thats the adult version of the White Fly , it lays its eggs and the larvae do most of the damage to the plants; they are very difficult to eradicate, the plant needs to be sprayed down with either a Horticultural Oil or an insecticidal soap, this...

Tropical Plants: Abyssinian banana, magnificent plant, climate zone
magnificent plant, climate zone, tropical climate: Hi Carol, you don t cut them back, they will continue to send out new growth from the center until fruiting takes place (or flowering with ornamentals..), if you cut it back, it will send out new growth from the center of the cut, but this is counter productive....

Tropical Plants: Adonidia Palms-cold damaged-dead?, copper fungicide, bud rot
copper fungicide, bud rot, cold snap: Hi Rob, Christmas Palms are one of the more susceptible Plantings to freeze damage; what you are describing is the Crown rotting, (Bud rot) from the cold damage; you can try spraying the green area down with a Copper fungicide, but from what you describe,...

Tropical Plants: Banana Tree, gunite pool, expansive growth
gunite pool, expansive growth, banana tree: No, Bananas grow from an underground Rhizome which is like a large potato, there is no expansive growth from the roots, but the Corm (as its called) will begin to swell as the plant sends out new plants; there is no threat however to your pool, for it...

Tropical Plants: bouganville in Tucson, bouganville, climate zone
bouganville, climate zone, rich soil: Hi Sam, I am not certain of your climate zone, but Bougs do need a lot of Sun and water only when needed, (too much water will do them in every time..); they are semi tropical and temps below 30 degrees will shock them severely. The soil base is not that...

Tropical Plants: breaking of green fronds, copper fungicide, seed pods
copper fungicide, seed pods, cold stress: The new emerging fronds break at the Petiole (stem) because of the palms weakened state (cold stress); but the mere fact that they immerged is great news, and if they are sending out any seed pods off the main trunk, is another good sign (check for that..)....

Tropical Plants: Care, massangeana cane, soluble fertilizer
massangeana cane, soluble fertilizer, little water: Hi Helen, you didn t mention how big the rose was, so I am going to assume it is a juvenile, so it can be started in a basic 10 inch container, until it outgrows it; the rose likes lots of sun and very little water, for it stores the bulk of what it needs...

Tropical Plants: Christmas Palm Tree, copper fungicide, christmas palm
copper fungicide, christmas palm, clearification: Hi Dee, it depends on how badly it was shocked, if it is totally brown, then its probably beyond any help, but if there is green in the center, where the new fronds emerge, then it has a chance, if this is the case, spray it with a Copper fungicide and then...

Tropical Plants: Christmas palm, copper fungicide, christmas palm
copper fungicide, christmas palm, cold stress: Hi Sally, it probably won t come back, but spray the center area (heart) with a Copper fungicide and maybe, just maybe it will send out new growth; the bad news is, even if it does send out new growth, it will be months before you see anything, and then it...

Tropical Plants: Christmas palm, shallow root system, christmas palm
shallow root system, christmas palm, date palm: Hi Janet, when the fronds pull out like that, the palm is usually kaput, albeit some have made it and sent out new growth, only to succumb to the ensuing winter because of their weakened state; Christmas Palms are probably the most susceptible to cold damage,...

Tropical Plants: Christmas palm, christmas palm, fronds
christmas palm, fronds, frond: Hi Janet,Tug on the newest frond, if it pulls out, clean the area it came out of with a Copper fungicide to deter any disease from setting in and then just wait and see; it can take months before the verdict whether its going to make it or not is decided....

Tropical Plants: Cocos nucifera, coconut palms, bearer of bad news
coconut palms, bearer of bad news, climate zone: Hi Jen, I have to be the bearer of bad news here, Coconut Palms are very difficult to grow anywhere except a semi-tropical climate zone at lease and a Tropical climate zone at best; I live in Southwest Florida and have a difficult time getting mine through...

Tropical Plants: Dracena, drainage hole, plastic pot
drainage hole, plastic pot, transplant shock: Jennifer, it is probably transplant shock, when you transplanted it, I am assuming you watered it well, so I would not soak it (like the nursery person told you...) or you run the risk of rotting the roots; it is stressed right now and needs to be put in an...

Tropical Plants: Follow up Christmas palm, christmas palm, fronds
christmas palm, fronds, frond: The fact that the fronds are holding tight is a good sign, even if they are brown; go ahead and spray the entire Palm down with the Copper and in a week, repeat. It will be a long wait for anything to happen thats positive, but if it is to decline, it will...

Tropical Plants: Follow up to "Is my pygmy date palm dead?", pygmy date palm, last ditch effort
pygmy date palm, last ditch effort, bud rot: ....pull out any fronds that pull out easily and then spray the Copper fungicide directly into the opening where the fronds came out; this is a last ditch effort for the prognosis isn t very good at this point, for it looks like the crown has rotted (bud rot)....

Tropical Plants: Foxtail new fronds/spikes breaking, gulf coast of florida, cold stress
gulf coast of florida, cold stress, frond: This winter severely stressed many of the palms, and some are making it (albeit slowly..) and some are not; the collapsed fronds on your palms is a sign of cold stress, because the petiole was weakened (stem holding the frond to the trunk..) it broke, but...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm, copper fungicide, foxtail palms
copper fungicide, foxtail palms, bud rot: Hi Shannon, that is the crown rotting, its Bud rot or Crown rot and it is caused by the freezing temps the Palm was exposed to; all you can do at this point is spray the mushy area down with a Copper Fungicide and then hope that it might recover. The chances...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm Freeze Damage, Copper
Copper: Hey Tom, this is probably the most common question I have had since the cold weather finally subsided; It will be months before you will know if it will make it or not, in the mean time spray it down with a Copper fungicide to prevent the onset of any fungal...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail Palm Spear Concern, palm fronds, copper fungicide
palm fronds, copper fungicide, fungal spores: ...No, leave it be and let Mother Nature take its course, if you do any pruning you will only worsen matters. Get a product called Chelated Palm nutritional concentrate (Home Depot has it..) and mix 2 tablespoons with a gallon of water in a spray container;...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail palm trees, foxtail palm trees, seed pod
foxtail palm trees, seed pod, cramped conditions: The seed pod will disappear, but it is providing nutrients to the seedling right now, and once a root system is developed, they will begin to take over that job , at that time the seed will break away. The palms you see in containers in malls and outside government...

Tropical Plants: Foxtail palm trees, foxtail palm trees, mail
foxtail palm trees, mail, foxtails: Thats a good sign, it means that the Palms are hanging in there and should be alright, but its imperative to keep them watered and it will help a lot to spray down the crown with a Chelated Palm nutritional spray , do this in the morning when the fronds...

Tropical Plants: Frozen Queen Palm, queen palms, queen palm
queen palms, queen palm, hard freeze: Hi Sid, no , if you do that you will kill it, its not like a Banana, where new growth will commence, you cut the crown off and it is dead; if there are any green fronds at all, then it has a chance, if not then the odds are its dead anyway. Wait a couple of...

Tropical Plants: Mex. fan palm won't grow (better photo), chinese fan palm, mexican fan palm
Tropical Plants: Mex. fan palm won't grow (better photo), chinese fan palm, mexican fan palm, washingtonia robusta

Tropical Plants: Queen Palms, queen palm, questioner
Tropical Plants: Queen Palms, queen palm, questioner, chainsaw

Tropical Plants: fish tailpalm, insecticidal soap, fly problems
insecticidal soap, fly problems, hawaii thanks: systemics are fine, as long as the plant isn t producing an edible item, like a fruit or vegetable; the problem is, it will kill the insects as they eat, but eventually they dissipate. This is the reason I rely mainly on contact killers, especially the ones...

Tropical Plants: foxtail palms, foxtail palms, bud rot
foxtail palms, bud rot, crown rot: That is called Crown rot (or technicaly...Bud rot), caused by the freezing temps we had this past Winter; you can try spraying the rotted area down with a Copper fungicide, then wait and see, but it could be upwards of 6 months to see any improvement, and...