Hi, all. Can someone help ID this for a friend? Palms/ferns are not on my radar yet.
and yes, it’s covered in mealybugs... I think we can save it with a thorough cleaning and maintenance.
Hi Lucia! Since most Palms look very identical a closer inspection would better help me ID but it looks like it can either be a Kentia or Parlor Palm. If the plant has an infestation of mealy bugs then I'd suggest starting with placing the plant in a shower or sink that has a hose. I would gently apply sharp sprays to the infected areas of the plant- make sure to get all the nooks and crevices of the plant as these are the places where they like to hide! Give the plant time to dry and prune off any dead or damaged plant material- and from there you can use your horticultural oil or insecticidal soap of choice to further treat the plant. I would also recommend keeping the plant away from others to prevent them from spreading! Inspect any plants that have been anywhere near this one to make sure they haven't already. Afterwards, the Palm will tolerate lower light levels but will thrive better in medium-bright indirect light which will also give it the energy it needs to bounce back, and allow the top 2-3 inches to half the soil to dry out completely between waterings. The plant should be able to bounce back and develop new growth!
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