Positive Bloom

6 Signs Of An Overwatered Palm Tree And How To Save It

By Jennifer Green

I would like to tell you more about the overwatered palm tree and how I solved the issue. First, let me show  you the signs.

Scribbled Arrow

1. Leaves turning yellow

Overwatering causes nutrient deficiencies to the root system, which leads to the appearance of yellow leaves.

2. Brown tips or leaves

If you’ve noticed brown tips after the leaves turned yellow, you should check your watering schedule. Brown fronds may also occur.

3. Droopy leaves

Excess water will disrupt the airflow in the root system, lowering the amount of oxygen the plant needs.  The leaves lose their strength and eventually droop.

Spider mites: Tiny white or brown spots on the leaf underside

Mealybugs: Cotton-like changes on the plant Fungus gnats: Black flies on the soil

4. Pests

5. Root rot

Indicators of root rot are an unpleasant smell, drooping leaves, and brown spots on the leaves.

6. Mushy soil/root rot

Mold on top of the soil indicates the presence of fungi and root rot.

How I saved my palm tree

1. Remove root rot & repot the plant

Remove any root which looks unhealthy using sterilized pruners. Repot the plant in a new, sterilized pot filled with fresh potting mix.

2. Move your palm tree

If possible, move the plant to a room with a window to get more indirect light and fresh air.

3. Propagate your palm tree

Sterilize pruners and cut off 4 to 6 stems with roots and place them in potting soil. Water the potting mix every day for about three months.

Now that you know the signs you can identify which one your palm tree has and then fix it using our methods.