I noticed that one of the palms, the favorite, was looking a bit sickly yesterday when driving home. That wasn’t that far from the truth, unfortunately. The gardener was fearful that it might have died, so I asked him to call the “palm tree surgeon” whom I always use to take care of them. He had a good look and suggested that the dead new growth in the centre of the palm was due to them being impacted due to the date bunches whose weight might have broken off the new growth at their roots. I’m not sure I would go with that explanation, but I’ll go with it at the moment.
The remedy, he suggested, was to cut off all the centre new fronds and just wait. Hoping for the best.
Wishing you a fantastic Friday.
Update – Sat 23 Jun 2012
Unfortunately more bad news. The palm tree surgeon came over and cut the offending centre dead fronds only to find rot has set in, together with termites which have eaten away the core. He’s not very hopeful that it will survive but suggested we check it again in a couple of weeks if it lasts that long and take it from there. Here’s what we found: