Lethal Bronzing, previously called Texas Phoenix Palm Decline, is a relatively new bacterial disease that is causing significant palm losses in Palm Beach County and may be working its way south.
University of Florida research is determining which sap feeding insect(s) may spread it this disease. Affected species include Sabal (Cabbage), Queen, Pygmy Date and other Phoenix species, Christmas, Bismarck, Chinese Fan and Carpentaria palms.
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Older fronds on palms die first turning reddish-brown, dark-brown or grayish depending on the Palm species and stage of infection. Symptoms may be confused with a simple nutrient deficiency which is why it’s important to work with a team that is trained to recognize the difference. Flower spikes may die prematurely, and fruit may drop off prematurely.
The Latest Fungus Among Us
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension recently issued a white paper identifying the latest fungus among us that are causing concern.
While it has been reported that Giant African Land Snails are on the decline, they have not been entirely eradicated and can be a big problem. read more →
Preventing Costly Insect Damage
Previously thought to be invulnerable to pests, diseases and drought, the Ficus (Ficus benjamina) was the customary plant for perimeter hedges. That was until the whitefly invaded. read more →
Thought to have eradicated in 2003, there has been a reemergence of a particularly nasty termite. read more →