New Palm Diseases and Cold Damage
New Palm Disease: Texas Phoenix Palm Decline or TPPD.
There is a new disease in Florida that is killing off Canary Island Date palms, edible date palms, Sylvester palms and Sabal/Cabbage palms. This disease has been identified in Central Florida and is expected to reach Southern Florida unknowingly through movement of palms that occur widely in Florida, by spreading the disease by moving its vector and infested hosts.
New Disease of Queen Palms and Mexican Fan Palms: Fusarium Decline
There is another disease claiming the life of Queen Palms and Mexican Fan Palms in Florida.This disease quickly kills these palms with in a few months of the initial symptoms. There is no cure once a palm is infected, and no preventive fungicide treatments are recommended.
The disease is probably spread by wind into new sites. Once it has become established, it could also spread through pruning tools used to trim infected palms. Pruning tools are being recommended to be sterilized after each palm
is trimmed. Also if a palm dies from this disease have it removed and a palm of the same kind should not be replanted into that same site.