DEAD OR DAMAGED - THE PALM TREE DILEMMA! Here in the south Texas region, you can look around and see what appears to be - dead palm trees everywhere! As I was driving around the area today, the brown fronds seemed to jump out making their sad appearance known. I have had many homeowners asking the question of, "Are they dead or just damaged?".
Here in the Houston area, we have had one of the coldest winters ever! I know you folks up north have truly experienced a deep freeze, but for those of us here in the south, this is highly unusual and we just are not equipped to deal with the freezing temperatures. And, our tropical plants are asking the same question!
I took my question to the almighty Internet and found a lot of information regarding tropical plants and freeze damage. All agree that it is wise NOT to just go out and start cutting all of the brown fronds off just yet. It is recommended to wait a few more months to see if any new growth emerges.
The problem however is they look really bad! If you have your home listed, the brown plants flanking your home certainly do not give potential buyers a warm and fuzzy feeling. And, if you are advised to leave (pun intended :) them alone right now you are simply going to have an eyesore for awhile.
I have lived here in the Houston area for over 20 years and this is the first time I have seen this many damaged palm plants. We lost a ton of trees after Ike and now our tropical plants are hurting so in the plant department, things are looking bleak.
So what is a homeowner to do? Just leave the brown plants and wait out the results to see if they will live or not? Or, just rip them up and start over with something new in the Spring? Of course the first choice is cheaper but looks awful! Any palm advice out there?