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By Cmj

Norfolk, United Kingdom Gb

I have a Pygmy Palm which appears to be non-thriving in my garden room. Its frons are closing up and going brown and dry. I have not over watered it nor have I neglected it. It is situated by a window but not in direct sunlight. It stands on a floor with underfloor heating. Could this be the problem? Or, does it need a particular kind of fertiliser to boost its health? I would be very grateful for any advice as it is/was such a beautiful specimen. Thanking you in advance.



This one does need to be sheltered, or kept inside, during winter, but can be stood outside when risk of frost is past. The piece of advice for cultural conditions which applies to every indoor plant is, don't stand near a heat source. Obviously, with underfloor heating, you've got no choice, so that is likely to be the problem, unless you have fluctuating temperatures. Presumably you do, I imagine the heating is not on at night - this plant does not like temperatures below 60deg. F at night.

6 Mar, 2012


Thank you Bamboo. I think that you are right about the 'fluctuating temperatures'. I have raised the palm off the floor in the hope that this might help. I can't wait to put it outdoors in some warmer weather??? I wish??

6 Mar, 2012


End of May at the earliest, unless its roasting by then - don't forget to harden it off before moving outside.

6 Mar, 2012

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