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Hi the palm tree in my garden has lost all its leaves and is going dark at the bottom of the trunk , is it dead or can i save it ? I was told to cut the trunk o and put candle at an angle and put candle wax on it , is this true ? and if not what should i do ?



Is it a Palm or a cordyline, or Tree Fern. Neither will survive if you cut the trunk esp if you cut the top of. Buds of the above are only found at the top of the stems. It sounds like it maybe dead, give it a month or two and see. The candle wax seems a bit bizarre too....

27 Feb, 2011


This is the definitive answer on dead / dying cordylines that Bamboo wrote a couple of days ago. You are not alone - these plants have suffered all over the country and are on the sick list in gardens everywhere.

"Nothing you can do right now I'm afraid, its definitely a wait and see. First, check the trunks from top to bottom for soggy, oozing or rotting areas, particularly with orange gunk coming out. If the trunks are clear, then wait - you may find they put out new growth lower down the trunks, or from the base, or both, and then you can cut back to where the new growth appears. You may need to wait till June before new growth appears, if you can bear to. If you do have rotting areas, keep any eye on them - you may need to cut back beyond that point, but this is best left till April if at all possible. They are Cordyline australis, these plants, and they have been affected by the severe winter weather before Christmas. "

Good luck!

27 Feb, 2011

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