Friday, April 30, 2010

Help! Mexican Fan Palm

My dear Mexican Fan Palm is on its last leg. We had a colder than normal winter, and lots of the tropical plants around here bit the dust. My neighbor had a gorgeous 6-foot agave that was the focal point of her front garden. It was in front of a pretty bay window and I oooed and ahhhed at it every time I walked past. I was in shock when I walked by one day last month and saw the whole thing in pieces on the sidewalk for the garbage men to pick up. It just got too cold for too many days, and it wasn't bouncing back. Boo-hoo!

I think my 8-foot Mexican Fan Palm may be about to experience the same fate, but, please! Say it ain't so!

When we visited New Orleans back in mid-February, my mom came by to feed Walle. And she decided to do a little yard work to "help" out. Well, two bad things happened that weekend. One - She pruned my spirea into nice, round balls. Lovely, right?

Two - She also cut back my palms. As in, she took off all of the fronds. Yes, the fronds were brown and not looking great, but I also know that the tree will continue to pull food from the fronds even as they are brown... so it has been my policy not to trim them until I see new growth popping out. After the trim, this is all I have left...





I do see some green peeking out on what is left of the fronds, so I can only hope that it has some life left in it. Does anyone have any advice about what to do? I am really at a loss. My other palm, which is only about 3 feet tall, is slowly putting out a new frond. But this one hasn't budged an inch.

5 comments:

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I don't know anything about palms, although I do see some growing around here once in awhile. I sure hope it makes a come back. The green seems like a good sign though.

I just saw all of your Clematises on your previous posts. They are all so pretty! I'm sad my 'Henryi' didn't survive the winter, but I just might try it again anyway.

Gail said...

Oh my! Mom is not a gardener is she! I know nothing about palms, either, but maybe it will pull through? gail

Casey said...

I was driving around Savannah this weekend and we passed a University that had landscaping at the entrance. There were several palms (taller than yours) that had been clipped of ALL of their leaves. I'm assuming these are expected to make a comeback. I don't know though!

kimberlycedillo said...

Did your palm survive? We are from Texas, and we have three palms that look like this...

Lisa Blair said...

Sad to say it, kimberly, but our palms did not survive. We had to pull up all three palms last year.

Don't give up hope on yours, though. It is early yet. Cut yours back to the green and wait until at least June or July to see if some new growth will emerge.