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Palm House Plant Leaves Browning.. HELP!

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Thu Sep 6 18:00:28 EST 2001

On 6 Sep 2001 08:48:44 -0700, heatherineverett at aol.com (Heather)

>Hello All-
>I am hoping you can help me with my house plant.  I am not sure
>exactly the species but it is certainly a palm, about 4 1/2 feet tall+

You really should ID the palm for the best advice...

>right now.  Anyway, I got it about a month ago and since then almost
>all the tips of the leaves have browned and now the brown is consuming
>the leaves (dying it seems).  It has fairly low light but not dark..

How long have you had the palm?
There are only a few that will tolerate what is probably very low
>in the living room probably 15 feet away from the nearest window but
>never any direct sunlight. I water it about every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks,
>with miracle grow added. 

Miracle grow is NOT a good choice for palms and every two weeks is

> But I make sure to let the soil dry out a
>little first.  

Many palms do not like "wet feet" some will tolerate and need periods
of fairly dry soil.

>I'm quite concerned as I really love this plant and
>want it to live but I am having some trouble!  It has shot up some new
>leaves on the top that are nice and green, but I am worried those too
>will brown soon!  And I should mention also that as soon as I got it I
>replanted it in a nice big container with miracle grow soil so I doubt
>that is a problem also! 

Transplanting may well have been a significant shock!

> The only thing I can think of is occasionally
>when we walk by it we mistakingly brush up against the leaves.. could
>that cause this?  PLEASE HELP!
>Thanks Much-
>New Hampshire, USA
>Please email: HeatherinNH at aol.com

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