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Queen Palm trunk Splitting

13 Mar 2013 11:05 #2336 by Guest
Guest created the topic: Queen Palm trunk Splitting
I have a queen palm that is around 5-6 years old with a trunk length of 10 feet and has been splitting all around the trunk. The splitting starts around 2-3 feet up the trunk. The growth and appearance is healthy. What can I do to make sure it stays alive? Or is this even an issue?

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13 Mar 2013 12:29 #2337 by The Mulch
The Mulch replied the topic: Re:Queen Palm trunk Splitting
written by Phil Bergman of Jungle Music Nursery, March 13, 2013

Dear Guest,
You will see this occur, especially with rapid growing species like the Queen Palm. I think it's probably growing so fast that the outer bark cannot keep up; thus the splits. The main point I want to make is that you should do nothing with the cracks. Don't "seal them up". Consider it a would that you leave open. Sealing it might cause fungus or bacteria to take hold and cause problems. Over time, the cracks will remain but most likely the tree will do fine.
Phil Bergman
Jungle Music Palms and Cycads

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