The Garden Community for Garden Lovers
 

France Fr

Yellowing washingtonia robusta. Recently bought. About 1 metre high. Leaves which were green are turning yellow. Any ideas on cause or cure?


On plant Washingtonia robusta


Answers

 

If you planted it in the ground, have you given it enough water - it will need that till it establishes itself. Other possibility is sudden fluctuation in temperature - was the palm in a sheltered place, or under cover when you bought it, and did you put it straight outside and have some much cooler weather suddenly?

4 Jun, 2010

 

Thank you so much for your response. In ground? No, they are still in the pots that they were in when we bought them and yes, they have been watered, but not excessively. But the sudden temperature change may well be it. We bought them from a branch of E Leclerc (big French supermarket chain) and they must have been indoors in the store for 24 hours at minimum. I brought the two plants straight back to our house which is 700 metres (2100 ft) amsl. They are in pots and went straight outside, maybe 25 degrees C or more in full sun and down to maybe +5 C overnight. What (if anything) would you suggest to try to repair the damage?

4 Jun, 2010

 

Not much you can do for the leaves which have yellowed, but a bit of shelter in the night time (unless its now hot, as it is here) wouldn't come amiss for a couple of weeks till they've acclimatized themselves to being outside all the time. What you should do is leave them out for increasing periods during daylight hours over about ten days, until they're finally out all night, but I'm sure your nights will warm up soon if they haven't already, when it won't matter much anyway.

4 Jun, 2010

 

Thanks, Bamboo! You seem to have hit the nail on the head. No further yellowing since I brought the two plants undercover. They're now back outside and seem to be fine. Many Thanks for your help!

-- Richard

21 Jun, 2010

 

Glad they're better.

21 Jun, 2010

How do I say thanks?

Answer question

Related photos

  • A bargain........£ 4.00 !!!! Washingtonia Robusta.... (Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm))
    Dottydaisy2
  • Rope Walker Between Two Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm Trunks) (Washingtonia robusta)
    Delonix1
  • Mexican Fan Palms and the calm before the storm of people at Pacific Beach (Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm))
    Delonix1
  • Washingtonia robusta.... (Washingtonia robusta (Mexican Fan Palm))
    Dottydaisy2

 


Related questions

Not found an answer?