Q&A: Webs on Indoor Palms
Tips for keeping your indoor palms healthy.
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Q. I bought two small common palm trees and over the last few months they have developed some sort of disease. First, I noticed a very fine webbing (looked like cobwebs) at the base of the fronds. I cleaned this off the best I could with a soft cloth, but then the fronds started turning brown. Some of them browned entirely and some only half, progressing from the tips. Originally, when they first started to show signs of browning, they were in a low- to moderate-sun area. I moved them to a sunnier location and they don't seem to have gotten any worse, but they haven't gotten any better. Any suggestions?
A. It does sound like you had or have an infestation of spider mites, which leave webs. Spider mites are tiny, live on the undersides of the leaves and love hot, dry conditions. One of the best ways to deal with them is to literally spray them off with water or mist them regularly. Be sure to spray the bottoms of the leaves as well as the tops. If that doesn't work, you could try regular sprayings with insecticidal soap.
Another technique is to make a froth of soap suds and dab it onto the plant, being sure to cover both the top and the bottom of leaves. This will suffocate the mites and won't hurt the plant at all.
Here are some general guidelines for growing palms indoors:
Hope this information helps.
The best way to avoid major pest problems in the garden is to practice a little restraint.