Cutting branches at this time of year is not a good idea and won't save anything, but a little info. might help, like ... did you get a lot more rain this year? How long have the trees been planted there? What kind of soil are they in?
i had had alot of rain in the winter and have just been through a heatwave, so its been really hot and i think the tree is overheated from the direct sunlight. But it's been there for about 13+ years now, so why is it starting to die now? The soil is mostly clay so it can retain water well. I dont know if my dads been over watering it, as it got watered every day or so in the heatwave.
Also i have been told that i have been mistaken about it being a palm tree, its actually a Yucca or a Dracaena of some sort.
When my dad cut down the branches they were moist inside. Wouldnt it be better though to cut the branches off for the tree to put its energy else where rather than into the dying branch?
Had you been told in the past that it was a cabbage palm, or Coryline australis.
I'd be surprised if you had overwatered in the heat wave you lot had this year. When you look at where the new shoots come up at the top does it look brown in there?
If I were to judge by the lower fronds, I would say that it looks a bit rot like, but the new growth at the top seems to be a good healthy green. Have you been feeding this plant recently, or anything out of the norm?
I will certainly agree with Carol that you have Cordyline australis. While these normally seem to carry a larger crown of leaves, the lower ones do expire and turn brown with age, seasonally.
These plants have always responded well (for me) with summer watering.
Thank you everyone for indentifying that it is actually a palm! As now i can carry on telling people to look out for the palm tree when directing them to my house! Though is a Cordyline australis a palm?
And Oscar will the tree die? is it dying? And how can i save it?
Thank you everyone who has been replying, my mum has read ur replies and hopefully now i can save the tree if its dying.
Yeah, LPN is right, a cordyline is a cordyline. I don't think other than cabbage palm ( a totally silly discription) it has any other common name.
Definitly not a palm tree.
You'd probably be able to get away with abnormal looking yucca. If you feel really hard pressed for a discription.
Hummm! Thanx! I dont know if any of my mates will understand if i say to look out for the cabbage palm or the abnormal looking yucca! But it will be interesting to see their responses! Any idea why its called a cabbage palm?! It doesnt look like a cabbage! Pity its not a palm tree though, i thought it brought a tropical feel to the garden!
Well next question would be...is it dying?! And how can i save it?!
sorry i havnt been back, but i seem to lose the server every once in a while and it can take days to get back again............anyway, its called a cabbage palm because native Australians used to eat it and it tastes like cabbage (im not sure if its cordyline australis they used to eat or a similar looking plant), its also know as the torbay palm, i guess its because they look tropical and leafy, who knows.
You need to let it dry out, so stop watering.
fingers crossed for your plant :)
It's really too late to amend the drainage. Drainage works deep below soil level. It must be done at planting time. Moving or up rooting these are nearly always unsuccessful. If moved by heavy equipment to excavate all of the root mass and tap root, one might be victorious.
Ok then, so im just going to leave it there, hopefully it will survive, should i give it some kind of feed? Like baby bio?! (i think thats what its called?) or some kind of tomato feed?! Or is just leaving it be the safest option i have?!