Mexican Fan Palm Help

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  1. Steve80

    Steve80 New Member

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    I need some help with my Mexican Fan Palms. We had our trees put in on January 8th and my trees keep looking worse and worse. I do live in AZ and was told by the nursery that they take 12 gallons of water a week. We did have a new drip system installed. I can't tell if I'm giving them to much water or not enough water. I do have a moisture meter to help. When I use the meter on the outside of the base of the tree it says wet. When I put it right near the base of the tree some spots will say dry other spots moist or wet. Should I take the reading closer to the base or outer part? Is it better to water with the slow drip or slowly pour water over the base? I've attached a few pictures and would love any help.
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It's not looking good, but this doesn't look like a case of underwatering to me. Would be great if someone with more experience with palms could chime in.
     
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    To me the palm looks like its burning ?, too much fertilizer ?, it shouldn't be yellow. However I'm not an expert so I recommend that you contacting the Pacific Northwest Palm & Exotic Plant Society mentorship for assistance

    PNWPEPS: Contact Us

    The PNWPEPS - aka Hardy Palm Society - is a chapter of the International Palm Society and has members all over the world. Someone from the Society will be able to help you.
    Good luck
     
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    Thank you for you recommendation. I have emailed the PNWPEPS and crossing my fingers with some help. I haven't used any fertilizer and I have cut back on the water. The palms are still under the nursery's warrenty. I may have to see what my options are. I love the look of them. We planted 3 trees and 10 new shrubs in our backyard and the Mexican Fan palm is the only 2 not taking.

    Steve
     
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    The winter hasn't been anything terrible. We had a couple nights that got in the 30s. Other than that days beautiful ranging from 50-80 degrees today and nights in the 40s-50s. We planted 10 shrubs, 3 pygmy palms, 2 mexican fan palms and 1 pineapple palm. Everything other than the fan palms are doing well. I'm at a loss with them. I feel like if I water them they do worse, if i prolong the watering no better.
     

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