Yellow fronds after potting in 5-1-1

Palm_shadeJuly 14, 2013

Ive repotted about 10 of my houseplants in the 5-1-1 potting mix and on 1 Kentia an Areca and a palour palm im getting 1 or 2 yellow fronds, typically a lower smaller frond (s) is turning yellow then brown and dying, is there an obvious reason for this?

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Heres my Palour.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 7:48AM
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tamela_star(Zone 7)

It could just be in shock from being repotted. Some plants will do that, and will do fine after the initial shock from being transplanted. I've had plants do that before and they turned out fine after. Just trim off the dead leaves other than that your plants look beautiful.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 11:02AM
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Thanks thats my largest Areca and favourite
transplant shock makes sense ill go with that :)

All my plants ive transplanted in to the 5-1-1 apart from the yellowing are showing postive signs, im getting lots of new growth, ive got lots of Spears coming up on my palms, I came back from my hols yesterday and found 2 spears on 1 of my Kentias had fully opened in a week, that was the kentia I was forced to do abit of root work on to get it potted properly so I was very happy.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 12:51PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Are you fertilizing regularly?

Also, how close to the 5-1-1 is your mix?
That first pic looks peaty, but I can't see much detail.


    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 8:57PM
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Hi Josh
Ive added crf with micro in to the mix at the recommended strength then ive watered them all in well and watered them twice more all with clean water (ro) then yesterday ive introduced water soluble fertilizer with micro at half strength recommend, I will continue with that for possibly 1-2 more waterings then up to recommend, I am slightly curious about when to water tho, I know in peat potting mixes you should wait until the top inch or 2 is dry for most plants would that be the same in 5-1-1 or should I water more frequently?
The ratio of peat is 1 to 5 parts bark and 1 part perlite, I think it looks dark cause the bark is wet, in that mix the bark I used was very dark (untreated) I later managed to get hold of proper potting bark, it was really hard to get hold of lol

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 11:44AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

After a recent re-potting, you do want to keep the mix more evenly moist so that roots in the upper inches do not dry out and die. Once those roots are established, then you can let the mix dry out more between waterings. The yellow older leaves are probably the result of shock, as mentioned, and possibly an interruption in the availability of nutrients. If you have the plants on a fertilizer regimen now, they should do just fine.


    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 1:20PM
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Ok thanks, Ill water abit more frequently.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 3:10PM
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