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An innocent life, sentenced to a slow and agonizing death. 
10th-Aug-2007 02:29 am
It would be the understatement of the century to say that majesty palm trees do not do well indoors. They require tons of water, fertilizer, and sunlight, and they seem to spontaneously generate spider mites. Moreover, their intolerance to long-term potting means that they won't last more than a couple of years even under the best of circumstances.

I knew all of this, and I bought one anyway. Why? Well, because I think palms are pretty, because I like babying houseplants...and because a 3 ft. specimen was only $11.99. Besides, I figured trying to keep it alive would be a challenge.

Well, after trimming off about ten fronds and squishing the life out of several hundred spider mites, I can't help wondering if I'm already losing the battle. (Though I've got four or five new fronds coming up, none have opened.) Hence the picture, while the plant is still (relatively speaking) in its prime. A picture'll last longer, anyway.

10th-Aug-2007 11:05 am (UTC)
I think it needs a bigger pot ^_^;

I had one that did great for a couple years in my apartment, though it was also spontaneously generating spider mites >_< When I moved up here in accidentally got left outside for a couple days and got burned in the direct sunlight. It never recovered ;_;
10th-Aug-2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
I think it needs a bigger pot ^_^;

That, as far as I know, is not one of its problems. :P Palm trees like their roots scrunched up together.
10th-Aug-2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
I dunno, I don't think any plant really likes being pot bound ^_^;

When they have room, they spread little roots out far and wide.. You also have to water a lot more in a little pot..
10th-Aug-2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
It's not necessary; trust me. :P The pot is, like, the only thing that doesn't need serious TLC. Repotting need only be done every two-three years--and that's provided it even LIVES that long.
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