Dead Spindle Palm...Parasites? Fungus? (PICS POSTED)

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  1. devinrae55

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    Can someone please tell me what happpened to my fav spindle palm???? I have pics of what could be parasites on the underside of its fronds, and I also have a pic below of the base... the base began getting loose and then today i gave it a little tug and the entire trunk came up! What in the heck am I doing wrong this is the second palm that I have had that rotted from the bottom and dried from the top
     

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  2. joclyn

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    does the container the plant is in have drainage holes at the bottom? how frequently, and how much, are you watering?
     
  3. devinrae55

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    the container had 1 drainage hole and some broken pottery for drainage, I had used some soil that had no perlite and I think that was the prob. the top of the soil always felt dry to me and I felt like i rarely watered it, but yesterday when i dumped it, the soil on the bottom was too wet and probably had been like that for a while.... I rinsed the container out to remove any parasites and I planted a Meyers lemon tree in the same pot. This time I used a good amount of perlite... I love this new tree and looked everywhere to find it, so hopefully I will have better luck. But i may need terra cotta, i seem to kill anything i put in a resin pot.
     
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    if you look closely in the first two pictures, there are little brown spiney things under the fronds, if they are parasites what's the name of them because i have tried to find out and cant.
     

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