Question: I am in Coastal NC and have a mature palm in front yard. It has been doing very well for the past 5-6 years until now. We are in a drought situation and I was out of town for 2 weeks, with no one watering it. I realize that is probably the problem. My question is: will simply going back to watering regularly save this palm or do I need to take extra measures? Some of the palms on the top are turning brown and the rest of the palms are still green but kind of droopy. I am not sure of the species, but it has the palms that look like a fan/or an open hand. Any suggestions. Thanks.
Answer: Most palm trees like moist well drained soil. Deep watering works the best. Check to see how moist the soil stays after watering and adjust the watering schedule accordingly. You can also put some mulch on top to prevent the soil from drying out too quickly. I know that brown tips and droopy fronds don’t look pretty, but don’t trim them until they are completely brown and dry. Palms use nutrients from dying leaves and if you cut them, palms will lose all those nutrients. ~Susan Brian
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