Hi all! Is there a sage who could tell me whether it's normal that an olde date palm tree drops off its leaf bases? I mean those short stumps that are left on the trunk after trimming it. The palm tree is at least 50 years old, majestic in appearance: not so tall but the thickest trunk I've ever seen, with an extensive crown of green fronds. Until now, the trunk has shown no sign of decaying: the old leaf stumps used to form a regular diamond pattern from the base up until the canopy. But now they are getting soft from the very base, and I can easily pull them out. The trunk feels wet - but it's rainy season anyway. There is a little fungus on top of some stumps, but no bad odor. I haven't seen any bugs either, no weevils! The fibrous tissue is clean and odorless too. The canopy seems to be in excellent condition, with several new fruit stalks. The general rule is to prune off only dead/brown leaves - but this palm keeps them all green, and is still putting out more. For safety reasons, every year I have to cut off some of the lowest fronds, although they are quite healthy and green. I never used any paints or chemicals on the tree. No watering or fertilizing either. A local gardener came to see the tree, and said it's okay. But I wish to get a second opinion. So did my palm tree just decide to get rid of the old skin, or is it soon time to say good-bye?