Question: Hi. We bought a house about a year ago that has a King Palm in a front planter. We asked a nursery what we need to do. Its beautiful. We did not want anything to happen to it. That was the problem. The told us to feed it with Jobbs Palm plant food and they take hardly any water. So we cut back on the water to only two minutes every other day (sprinklers).
Now all of the fronds are turning brown and even the new one emerging from the top is brown at the tip(not open yet). We did get a new flower bud that opened with all of the tiny little ‘seeds’. I’m afraid we are going to lose it. What can we do? More water? Even less water? Thank you for your help.
Answer: You need provide your palm with enough water. Palm trees like moist well drained soil. Check to see electronic soil moister meter to see how moist the soil is. How big is your palm? If your palm can fit into a 10 gallon container, it needs 10 gallons of water. If it is 15 gallon palm tree, it needs 15 gallons of water. There are different ways you can water your palm. Deep watering works the best. Deep watering is when you slowly drip water for a long period of time instead of dumping all of the water at once. This will give soil more time to absorb the water. ~Susan Brian
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