My Ponytail Palm plants look terrible

lisaemc2(4)May 23, 2010

I've had these 2 ponytail palms for nearly 3 years. I adopted them from a friend moving out of town. They were sad & stunted. They have been flourishing ever since until now. They enjoyed a growth spurt last year when I put them out on the balcony. Now the leaves are turning yellow & then dying. Since it was a "too much water" yellow I laid off the watering. Didn't really improve anything. Now that I've moved them out on the balcony again the leaves are getting yellow faster & are droopy. I fertilized all my plants last week. The trunks are turning pale, straw yellow & a dark purple. I'm so sad. The only thing I did differently was I put a layer of stones covering the soil. I've since taken them off. I have photos but I'm not sure how or where to post them.

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Are the trunks squishy? If they are then it's rot and just laying off the watering won't fix that. Rot spreads. You'd have to do an amputation and repotting to fix it.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 9:34PM
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No, not squishy. Hard as normal. Now that I think about it all this started happening around the time I adopted another palm. Not sure if it's a Spindle or a Chinese fan but I put it in the same window. It's doing fine so I still can't imagine why this is happening.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 12:09PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I don't know or grow these, but I'll share 2 plant growing tips.

Pls. stop fertilizing, it's not like medicine to fix ailing plants. It's best to fertilize healthy plants when they're in active growth. Given to ailing plants it won't help, sorry.

2nd tip: I'd suggest you take the whole plant out of the pot & inspect the roots for damage, rot &/or insects.

One of my best plant growing mentors used to say that trying to diagnose an ailing plant w/out unpotting it out to check the roots is like trying to see while blindfolded.

HTH = hope this helps.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 3:32PM
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